Waiting (A Book Writing Process Post)

There are moments during the book writing process when stuff is happening all at once. There is action everywhere, the feelings are high, you feel like you are making progress.

Like when you are on a hot writing streak and nothing can stop you from feverously typing everything that is going on in your head. The words are just flowing out of you. Other moments like this are when you are looking around for editors and illustrators. When you are messaging them all and figuring out all the logistics and deals.

And sometimes progress looks like waiting around. Currently my editor is editing, my map illustrator is illustrating, and my cover designer is designing.

Part of the problem with waiting is that you have too much time to rethink everything. I’m fighting every temptation to totally rewrite my book including the back history I created for characters and kingdoms. Not that what I wrote is bad, but new ideas are fresher and shinier.

But waiting isn’t totally bad. That means my focus can be else where. Writing can take a lot of time, especially when it is not your full time job.

It is similar to a lot of other things in our life, but especially that of faith. We pray and we feel that Jesus doesn’t hear us or answer us. Or he might answer us part way, but not fully.

Remember he is not far from you or me, but he is working in our life and in our soul no matter what we feel. Romans 8:28 (NLT, emphasis my own)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28

Waiting allows our faith to stretch, to groan, to cry out, to rejoice, to resolve and to grow. Waiting can be painful, but it is necessary because waiting demands we place our dependency on God, which is where it should be at all times.

So no matter what you are waiting for, know that waiting is good. Embrace the waiting.

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