Waiting is painful! I have got waiting down to an art in some areas of life. My experience of hospital waiting rooms amounts to numerous hours. In a typically British way I never grumble at this as it is something I am used to and I have been the emergency case that jumped the queue on previous occasions. So instead I settle down with a good book and except I'm investing time in my health.
Waiting to hear back about writing projects is a different ball game. No novel is long enough to cover the kind of periods you have to wait and very soon creeping doubts begin to set in. I have no less than 8 writing projects being considered or judged at the moment. I should hear back about most of them by the end of this month/beginning of September. The creeping fear is the prospect that none of these will be picked. There is a very real chance for writer's that this will be the case when submitting work to a flooded market. Knowing that provides little comfort when your hard work and idea's are being rejected. As some of these projects are local (thus less entries) I hold out a little more hope than usual. I will be very happy with just one of these projects being selected but the waiting produces the butterflies in your stomach feeling.
My remedy to this feeling is a similar tactic to the one I use when hanging around in NHS waiting rooms. It's generally to keep my brain occupied. So I am setting myself a task. I work better when I have specific deadlines to aim for so I am setting myself some for the rest of the year. The next three weeks will see me getting into the swing of it and hopefully stop any anxieties I have about other projects. I'll lay out my challenge in my next blog.
Do you get the same anxieties and what is your remedy?