Sometimes it’s very, very, very hard to wait
Especially when the waiting’s for something very nice
Sometimes it’s very, very, very hard to wait.
–Mr. Fred Rogers
In his inimitable, folksy way, Mr. Rogers acknowledges a simple truth: We must sometimes wait patiently for the things that matter most to us.
Writing for publication is often a waiting game, at once exhilarating and anxiety-producing. As writers, we must learn to wait:
– For inspiration, divine or desperate
– For validation, from loved ones and, more often, complete strangers
– For compensation, in whatever form we’re willing to accept
– For connections, with others willing to wait with us or wait for us.
From an outsider’s perspective, this waiting may sometimes look like procrastination or lack of progress. But as with the chrysalis that eventually becomes a butterfly, much of the waiting that we do involves internal transformations not immediately visible to the naked eye.
Witness us sitting motionless at our computer, staring into space at Starbucks, or drifting out of a conversation and into a daydream…chances are good that in that moment, an idea’s taking shape, a concept’s maturing, and our self-confidence is growing. We’re waiting, but we’re not idling.
I believe that all this waiting is worth it –- that I’m waiting (and working) for something very nice. So this journal will record my writing experiences: the wait, the worries, the work, the rewards, and the wonder of it all.
Please stop here now and again to say hello. And if you’d like, please tell me: what are YOU waiting for?