When I was a wardrobe stylist in NY, hurry up and wait was the motto on television and movie sets.
For the record, I wasn't on any movie sets (I wish).
I did a few commercials and helped at 30 Rock (the address) with the Rosie show and Saturday Night Live (experiences I will always treasure).
As a writer, hurry and wait has become part of my life again.
I hurry to write my column by the deadline, but it doesn't post in the newspaper until a couple weeks later. And, if I ever fulfill my dream of being published, I'd wait much longer for my book to come out.
As I move into the querying stage with my newest novel, I already know what to expect.
Last year I queried my novel for more than six months before finally shelving it. Which was the best thing I could have done.
Because I started two other projects and then settled on my current one.
And I got better. At everything. Writing and networking, learning about the publishing business, and narrowing my agent list down to those who might be the best fit for me.
And I learned one key thing as well. Not to hurry too much. Because if you do, you may not write or send off your best work. You'll hurry to get it off to the agent, and then wait, wait, wait.
While you're waiting, you'll regret never changing that one passage or giving your manuscript another pass. Take any extra time so that you have NO REGRETS.
It's much harder than it sounds. And it's STILL a work-in-progress for me.