I'm actually a really patient person. I had no problem at all being patient enough to improve my craft while writing several books, not querying them, until I got to the skill level where I knew I had a shot. I didn't send out my first ever query until my manuscript shone and all my ducks were in a row. Querying didn't phase me. Neither did going on submission to editors. In my initial phone call with my editor, she offered me a January 2013 or a September 2013 release date. I had no problem turning down the earlier date, because I knew the later one was better for my book.
Guys, I am really struggling with patience right now. Turns out there are a million things in this industry that try our patience--- some to incredible lengths.
So I guess the point is, it doesn't matter how much patience we have. Things will come along that require more of us than we had. There's not a box we mark if we've got it or not. We will ALWAYS need more. And I suspect that the only way to really get it is to make it through times that really try our patience.
I did find a ton of great quotes on patience, though! Here's a few gems:
"Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself."
~Saint Francis de Sales
"How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success."~Elbert Hubbard
"Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy."
"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."
Here. Let's stare at cookies. I hear it helps.
....Or something like that.
How are you with patience?
Oh, and on a completely unrelated but interesting side note, do you ever wonder how other people come up with character names? Curious about people's processes and resources? I asked the Lucky 13s how they came up with their character names, and got some incredible responses. It's definitely a fascinating read. You can find everyone's answers here: The Lucky 13s: Friday Q and A-- Character Names.
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