We interrupt this blog with a scene from my favoriteInigo: Hello there! Slow going?
movie. Can you name the movie?
Dread Pirate Roberts:
Look, I don't mean to be rude, but this
is not as easy as it looks, so I'd appreciate
it if you wouldn't distract me.
Dread Pirate Roberts: [tersely] Thank you.
Inigo: I do not suppose you
could a-speed things up?
Dread Pirate Roberts: If you're in such a hurry,
you could lower a rope or a tree branch or find
something useful to do.
Inigo: I could do that. I still got some rope up
here, but I do not think you would accept my help,
since I am only waiting around to kill you.
Dread Pirate Roberts: That does put a damper
on our relationship.
Inigo: But, I promise I will not kill you until
you reach the top.
Dread Pirate Roberts: That's very comforting,
but I'm afraid you'll just have to wait.
Inigo: I hate waiting.
I could give you my word as a Spaniard..
Dread Pirate Roberts: No good.
I've known too many Spaniards.
Inigo: Is there not any way you'll trust me?
Dread Pirate Roberts: Nothing comes to mind.
Inigo: I swear, on the soul of my father,
Domingo Montoya, you will reach the top alive.
Dread Pirate Roberts: Throw me the rope.
Just reading that scene makes me smile. I love that movie.
What does it have to do with writing, you might ask.
Well, not much, except for the line “I hate waiting”.
This business is a true test of patience.
You wait each day for the perfect time to write.
When you’re done the first draft, you patiently
go through each chapter, editing each paragraph,
sentence, and word. When it’s done, you send it
to beta readers and wait for them to send it back.
Then you read through their advice and make further edits.
The waiting goes on and on and on.
Queries, partials, fulls….its never ending.
But I swear on my very own manuscript that if
patiently fix your manuscript and edit your work
there’s a much better chance you'll reach the top
with an agent and a book deal.
Here’s to waiting.