Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Big Wait

For the writers in the ranks of Killer Nashville attendees, we go for the info. We go for the networking. And we go to go.

The writing process is, sadly often, very much about the hurry-up-and-wait. We wait for the muse. We wait for Microsoft Word to load. We wait for the printer. We wait in line at the Post Office. We wait for the rejection. We wait for the acceptance.

So it feels good to move; to scurry from one session to the next; to throw our lunches down our throats to leave enough time for the floss and tongue scraper before our pitch sessions. The vitality of bustling offsets the dreaded ‘writer’s spread’ of the added hip girth gained from waiting around in our chairs.

Oh, but how we dive and roll when we work. Mystery, suspense, and thriller writers dodge bullets. We run after suspects. We tear though alleys and woods. We beat the hell out of people. Sometimes we kill, and sometimes we die, in our minds – just to know what it feels like, so we can write it right.

That’s what we do while we wait. Don’t let anyone tell you that’s not real work.

1 comment:

  1. So true, Jamie. Well said. Somewhere deep inside every author is an incurable optimist. We believe with all our hearts that after all that waiting, there will be something wonderful at the end.


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