Putting Up with Impatience

A couple weeks ago I was having dinner with a group of novelists (who also happened to be my clients). We were talking about the terrible waiting that’s always involved in publishing. At every step of the journey, whether you’re agented or not, published or not, there seems to be a huge need for patience. The waiting sometimes gets unbearable. We bemoaned the difficulty of developing patience. Is it even possible, or just wishful thinking? Then my sweet friend Christy Truitt spoke up. “I don’t think I’m getting any more patient. But I’m learning to tolerate my impatience better.” Wow! What a cool insight, and a terrific goal: To be able to exist in a state of impatience, and be okay with it. To be waiting, and longing, and frustrated that it’s...
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