The Bane of Most Writers' Lives: Waiting

The new Glimmer Train bulletin is available, and in it you’ll find a lovely piece by Olufunke Grace Bankole, called “Going Solo.” Here’s a small snippet:

There is a time, a season for each thing: a time to act, and a time to wait. When I forget this, I struggle to make progress with work that requires not force, but patient, gradual persistence. In this waiting season, it is as if nothing at all is happening, and it can feel as if the things that are, discourage us from continuing on. The bane of most writers’ lives, this waiting time asks that we be alone with the very things we are waiting—wading—through doubt, stagnation, aching self-consciousness.

Click here to read the full essay, “Going Solo.”

Click here to review the full bulletin from Glimmer Train.

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One thought on “The Bane of Most Writers' Lives: Waiting

  1. Theresa Milstein

    Waiting is agony. Writers have a vivid imagination, so once a piece goes out, we spend an inordinate amount of time speculating where our query is and how it’s being ridiculed. The next moment, we imagine the call from our dream agent or publisher. Then we open our e-mail or mailbox, cringing at the expected rejection. And then comes the daydream when we accept our writing award. Waiting is not a restful time for writers.


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