I’ve talked about patience before, but it’s blindsided me again this week and I thought I’d talk about it again.
I so badly want to be finished editing RBRP, I can taste the finish line, especially with twitter contests and PitchWars and WriteonCon and conferences and more more more fabulous books being published. I so badly want to be there.
But I am not finished line editing yet.
Again, I’ve mentioned this before, but with watercolor–ESPECIALLY with watercolor–you need a tremendous amount of patience.
When you lay down a layer of paint (called a wash), it has to completely dry before the next layer. Otherwise you end up with ugly squiggly marks called blossoms. You also have to plan out the painting, because removing mistakes is really hard to do. You have to incorporate them or scrub them out, which is not guaranteed to work.
Patience guarantees a higher quality of art.
I’m realizing when I purposely create weekly room weekly to paint, I tend to be more patient in my writing. So I’ve sketched a fox for a friend’s baby room to paint this week. I’m tackling a scene a day for line editing. I’m trying not to compare myself to other writers.
And, eventually, patiently, I’ll be completely finished with RBRP. After all, “little by little, one travels far.“
Does patience come easily to you? How do you make yourself be more patient in accomplishing your goals?