(0r some advice on life and writing)

 by Dr. Seuss

You can get so confused

That you’ll start in to race

Down long wiggled roads at a break necking pace

And grind on for miles across wierdish wild space

Headed, I fear, towards a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go

Or a bus to come, of a plane to go

Or the mail to come, or the rain to go

Or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow

Or waiting around for a Yes of No

Or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite

Or waiting for wind to fly a kite

Or waiting around for Friday night

Or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake

Or a pot to boil, or a Better Break

Or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants

Or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.

Everyone is just waiting.


That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape

All that waiting and staying.

You’ll find the right places

Where Boom Bands are playing.

With banners flip-flapping,

Once more you’ll ride high!

Ready for anything under the sky.

Hope that helps all of you out there waiting.

Waiting to hear back from agents, editors, publishers and readers about your work, whether it’s a yes or no, enthusiasm or polite dismissal, can be the most difficult part of a writer’s work. The trick is letting go of urgency, letting go of impatience and most of all , letting of any expectations for specific outcomes for our work. In order not to be endlessly distracted and hurt by the constant round of submissions and waiting we have to find a way to release those expectations and just keep on writing, because that’s what we do. Because we love it and find enough joy in the work itself to keep on going.

Easier said than done. But worth a try. Keep writing.

Even when we’re stuck in the dreaded “Waiting Place.”

5 thoughts on “THE WAITING PLACE

  1. “Oh, the places you will go” is my favourite of the good Drs books. I have given it a presents to two close friends this year, who accepted them with glee and delight. And I also scored, some discounted stationery based on the book in June in Cairns. Nothing like beautiful stationery.

    But I agree with you Edwina, the Waiting Place is such a terrible place to be. If only Gary Larson would come by with an accordian or two, or those little bats with the balls attached, to make the wait more “pleasant.”

    • Boy I’d love that stationery Jodi. What a score! Congrats on the sevens swams story being such a hit! From strength to strength, Go Jodi!

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  3. I keep telling myself – THERE IS NO RUSH>>>!!! But then I keep checking my email – letter box, phone messages etc etc etc.. I’m not fooling anyone!

    I think the thing to do is submit to so many things that you forget what you are waiting to hear back from and then when you do hear back it’s a surprise because you have forgotten that you sent anything in at all…

    That’s what I’m going to try and do next year anyway…. Hooray!

    In the mean time still waiting – but writing as well it’s OK.

    • I think that’s a great idea Fave, Just keep sending so much stuff out you forget to check emails! I wonder if I’ll ever mangae to not compulsively just have one last look before closing the computer. And just one last one, even a few seconds later…. just in case!

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