I’m trying really hard to remain positive and find the patience to get through various events in my life. Of course, this had me thinking about patience. At least, I assume so because I only had the word written down as a post topic for today. Not sure if I planned a poem, humor, or something specific. It’s written with confidence, which means I really wanted to use it as a topic. So . . . where to go with this? Well, what things do we tend to get impatient with?
These voices in our heads can really poke at our buttons. One moment they’re on task and doing what we want them to do. A few minutes later they’re throwing the plot into a wood chipper while whistling show tunes. Many authors decide to force these characters to do what they are ‘supposed’ to do while others just toss the whole thing out. It wouldn’t end this way if we had a little patience. These obstacles appear for a reason and relaxing to take the time to think can reveal the source. Maybe you were focusing on the wrong character or having them do something that goes a little against their nature. Maybe the scene was boring and you needed to spice it up. The answer is somewhere in your head and patience is needed to find it.
Okay, I’m kind of staying in the author realm here. We need to be patient with the audience because not everyone reads at the same pace. Not to mention, everyone has different tastes in books. You will commonly find a person who will grab a book that is out of their wheelhouse because they liked the cover. Let them ease into the book at their own pace instead of pouncing. Of course, this is entirely if you can interact with the audience, which many authors try to do through blogging. Getting an audience is another thing, which requires patience. Keep working hard and you’ll get attention some day.
This really goes without saying Be patient with kids because they’re still learning how the world works. Oh, I guess I did say it.
They mean well.
Just help them with whatever technology they’re having trouble with.
Back to the topic at hand . . . Wow, this is becoming a train wreck. Anyway, people need to be more patient with authors. We work hard and have so many hoops to jump through before a book is done. Demanding that we finish by a certain time can only cause us more stress. There are also times when we wear down and need to rest, which isn’t the time to start talking about income and progress. Authors are humans and they require just as much patience as anyone else. We put the most amount of pressure on ourselves, so we don’t really need other people jumping into the fray. Not to mention, imagination can be fairly delicate, so constant pounding on the confidence can cause an author to give up completely. Patience is key when interacting with us and doubly so if you want to support our path. Few things hurt more than a person we depended on for support decides to give up on us.
Well, I’m not sure what else to write here. Share what you think about patience and how/why it’s important. Maybe I’ll remember the original way I was going to write this too. I doubt it though.