One thing I never expected when I set out to become an author was that there would be a lot of waiting. After a decade of designing characters and stories whenever the urge came to me, I didn’t realize how much patience was needed. Here’s a quick list of things an author could wait for:
- Time to write
- Beta Readers
- Cover Art
- Pizza (food is important)
- Internet to return
Patience is definitely important here because you don’t want to rush any of these things, with the possible exception of the Internet. Sloppy editing, forced writing, half-baked ideas, and barely cooked pizza are all disastrous. It isn’t only that you can make a mistake, but you can cause other people to do so and only have yourself to blame. As the author of the book, you set the pace and call the shots. Yet, you also need to adjust for the people you’re working with because they are people. Robots can be reprogrammed to move faster. Try doing that to your beta readers and see how quickly you get tarred and feathered with your own manuscript.
I’m joking around while trying to be serious, but it’s a rather simple piece of the author mosaic. The truth is that this is different for everyone. All of us have our own levels of patience and opinions on this one. So, I’ll open the floor to stories and thoughts on how important patience is to you.