Monday, May 9, 2011

To Wait or Not To Wait or To Write

Oh the anticipation…”You’ve Got Mail”.

You shyly read the sender’s name, yes, yes, yes, it’s one of the agents that you’ve queried, your mind screams to your fingers, “CLICK THE BLOODY BUTTON ALREADY!”

But your fingers stubbornly revolt. See, they’ve taken this trip before, and they know the ride ends in failure, so you wait. The battle rages between your mind and your fingers…open, open, open!

Your body unable to take the tension roiling through you, weighs in…get another cup of coffee, go take a wee, get a little exercise, or check your other email? Or maybe you should get some coffee and exercise? So, you perform these other suddenly monumentally important tasks, but once finished, it’s still there, it’s still waiting…

Your mind forces you to return to the agent’s magical response, your pinkie finger, such a little guy to be put in such an important position, hovers over the ‘enter’ key. Your heart paces like a wild caged animal, and your breathing stops altogether.

Should you wait a little longer? Maybe you should go work on your current WIP, you’ve only written two paragraphs of worthless drivel today…

Your pinkie, unused to such extreme tension, strikes! The damage is done…


  1. I so know what this feels like! For some reason, it seems like we should gain "good luck" from working on a different WIP when we spy an agent's response in our inboxes. Le sigh! Hope your pinkie brought you good news!

  2. I'ts almost like peeing on a pregnancy stick!

  3. I don't think I could wait. I'm impatient.

  4. I hope this finds you in time. I went to the query tracker website and it says that they require you to be a member. Once you're a member they send you a link with the submission form. There's a disclaimer at the end of the contest post. Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  5. That's a very creative way of looking at it. Nerve-racking. I agree. Nice blog you have here! :)

  6. Oh yes... I know this feeling very well. I'm an adrenaline junkie tho, so I go for it and then brush myself off later when I realize I have more work to do.

  7. Honest, true, relatable. Thank you for sharing, and I hope this doesn't happen too much more often before you get the response you want. How will the fingers react to that one?

    Haha, I also have to say, I keep seeing Tom Hanks pace back and forth in front of his lap top waiting...wondering...deciding...You've Got Mail is a great movie :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  8. I am so in love with your blog!!