When I tell people I like to write stories, and that I have, in fact, written more than one manuscript, I get the round eyed "Oh really" look. When it first started happening, I thought the reaction was a little off. In my mind, anybody could sit down and write a novel length story. Get a good story idea and there you go. One day, after saying these words to a coworker, she promptly said, "Anybody can write a book but not everybody does it." After asking her to clarify, she went on to say, "Not every person has the patience, the imagination, the patience, the time, the patience...did I say patience?"
Okay, so I got the point she was getting at.
Knowing the importance patience plays in the writing process is one thing, but last night I got to see it in action in my small little world. I had my daughter fed - sort of, she was taking forever to eat her dinner, Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief on television, a hankering to continue the rewrite of my current project and another story bursting at the seams in my mind. Instead of handling things patiently, I tried to do all things at once...not a good idea. So I erased the nonsensical stuff I added to my current project and allowed myself to understand that the time to work on it would come soon. I then helped my finally-finished-eating daughter to get settled and we had some quality time watching Percy Jackson together. Then I was able to sit back down at the computer and type out some of my thoughts for my new story. It all made sense given I took my time...for once.
Score 1 for patience.
What are your thoughts on the part patience plays in the writing process?