Patience is definitely one of the virtues I need to work on, though I certainly hope I have developed some other virtues to a greater degree. (Courage, too. I need to work on courage. I am a melancholic).
As I return to creative writing, though, I’ve realized just how much my fiction is doing to teach me patience. The whole process has so many frustrations:
- Plot holes to fix.
- Characters who won’t work with you.
- That moment when you realize that scene you thought was SOOO epic is actually DREADFUL and needs a lot of work.
- Waiting on beta readers, the editor, the proof reader.
- If you’re going the traditional route, the querying. The frustrations of all that goes INTO querying.
- Lagging sales and marketing efforts.
One thing I find now is that I am an unusual position of having published my trilogy a decade ago. I took it down in 2018/2019 as I never really marketed it much beyond Amazon free promos, had few readers, and I was entering religious life.
Now, after leaving religious life, I’m revamping the whole thing for releases of a second edition, one book at a time. It’s so slow-going.
GOOD THINGS ARE WORTH DOING WELL AND WORTH WAITING FOR
It would feel really great to have my Herezoth trilogy out again and be releasing news of the release of a prequel. But I can tell I am doing this the right way, and it will be worth it. I’m happy about that.
Forget about developing my characters. This is developing my own character. Yea for that!