Are you asking what is the Whine in writing? I'll explain:
When am I ever going to get published?
How can (fill in blank here) land a contract before me, when I've been waiting longer?
I never have time to write, someone is always interrupting me!
New York editors will not even look at my work unless I have an agent.
Everyone in my writing group has found an agent, but me.
The answer to four of these whines is: No one can predict when you receive a contract. Most things in this business is out of our control. So you can't whine about it. You're wasting valuable time and energy. And if you are busy complaining about not being published or not having an agent, whose writing for you? If you have nothing to submit you'll never get an agent nor will you get published.
The answer to the I whine is: You can control when you write. Only you can let people interrupt you. You've heard from many authors and workshops these things:
- Tell friends and family you love them but... you have to write. They need to respect that.
- Set a schedule and stick to it. And if you let people continue to interrupt you after you've told them your schedule, you are letting them control your writing.
- Be flexible, life is going to throw snowballs at you every chance it gets. Roll with the punches. Do not waste time moaning about the lost writing time. Dust off and revise your schedule.
And stop all of your whining! If you don't you will never be a published author.
Now on to something I promised you last week. If you remember I launched my new web design. Anyone who left a comment on this blog and my personal blog this week had their names put into a hat for a drawing. The winner receives a coffee mug and a $10 GC to Starbucks. I wrote all the names down and put them in Ron's (hubby) golf hat and he drew a name.
The winner is....
Congratulations! Marie H.