My wife will tell you that I am not very good at waiting. She's right (yes, dear, again)! It is difficult to finish something and just let it be done.
During the past few weeks I have been under the gun to write short stories. It's a quota thing. The publisher wanted a collection of at least 150 pages, and I was sitting on 110. The deadline was the end of September. The good news is that I made it, and sent the manuscript off early. The bad new is that I should have made one more editorial pass through the final story. Oh well, it's in the mail. It's as done as can be for now! Now the difficult wait.
I'd feel better if I could be doing something! I could tweak those words until they meant nothing! If that were the case, at least I would be doing SOMETHING!
Back in my corporate days, I read a lot of Peter Drucker. He talked about the virtue of "posteriorization". Here's my abridged version of the skill. Set your #1 priorities. Identify your #2 priorities. Realize that your #2's will never be #1's because you'll get a new #1 and the old #2 will still be second. Posteriorize your #2 goals! (My translation: let them slip over your backside and move on!)
Drucker was writing about business, but I see now that it applies to writers. The manuscript has been submitted. I hope it's mature enough to argue its own case with the publisher. It will either find its own way, or find its way back home!
While I'm waiting, there must be other stories to write!
Causes Robert Smith Supports
Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Presbyterian Disaster Relief