What to do while you’re waiting (hint, the new advice is the old advice!)

A huge welcome to author Rena Rocford. So glad she was able to stop by my blog today. Her book Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon was recently released. Rena has a bit of wisdom to share about the  waiting game.

Thanks for having me on your blog today, Elsie! So, maybe you’ve just finished a novel with NaNoWriMo, or maybe you’ve carefully crafted the perfect novel and are now only waiting to hear back from your various submissions. And what do you do while you’re waiting?
If you’re anything like me, you obsessively check your inbox to the exclusion of all else.
*ding*
Was that my submission coming back?
No, no it was not the email containing the fate of your
novel. It was probably just a Facebook notification. Or maybe it was your water bill getting delivered to your bank. Or my personal favorite, that Nigerian Prince.
But how do you turn off that need to check, the drive to
keep your phone fully charged lest the notification that your dreams have finally come true arrives in the night? Like all things in writing, there is only one cure: You must write.
Write something else. Write a new novel. Break out in a rash
of short stories. Articles, poems, ed op pieces, whatever makes the world take over from the anxiety of hoping your inbox is filling with glory. Whatever you do, write.
This isn’t new advice. This is the same advice everyone gives, but sometimes, the thing they don’t tell you is that it’s the best advice for a really important reason: No matter where you’re at in the writing journey, the next level is harder, more intense, and more likely to drive the words from your mind than this moment. If you practice writing through the crazies early onyou know, when it’s “easier”you’ll be much better at writing through the crazies later, when your book is published, or when you’re waiting to hear back about awards, or if your book is in the hands of an agent.
At every step of this journey as a writer, your work is going to be on submission somewhere. There will always be the possibility of rejection and the hope of success and contracts living in your inbox. Every Step. When it’s querying, you’re waiting to hear from agents. When you have an agent, it’s waiting to hear from publishers. When it’s published, it’s waiting to hear about awards, or the next book, or who was invited to do what, or waiting to see your sales ranking. The crazies never go away. Learn to write through it.
And good luck. It’s one of the hardest things to do, to carry on about your everyday business when you have your heart in your throat and your hopes in your pocket.

 About Rena

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Like
most mad scientists, Rena Rocford’s early works were largely met with scorn and mockery, but she bided her time. After all, what did her fellow kindergarteners know about literature? From that day forward, Rena kept her writing on the
mythical back burner as she pursued more logical goals. Today, crayons. Tomorrow, the world. She moved on to essays and egg drops, followed by experiments in shady laboratories. She tried her hand at everything, learning from anyone who would teach her. She even moonlighted as a horseback riding instructor.

Admittedly, living as a muggle brought Rena some levels of success such as completing her master’s degree, but always the stories returned, calling her to the keyboard in the dark of night. Now, having
built armies from words, Rena has set her sights on world domination, one book at a time.
From her secret base in the wine country, Rena has enlisted the help of her cats, her loyal dogs, and her family―who can be relied upon to hide the launch codes at a moment’s notice. You can find Rena at her
blog, follow her on Twitter, or find her on Facebook. Her debut novel, Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might BeHalf Dragon is now available, find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound.
More about Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon:

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Allyson fights acne, not trolls. As an inhaler-carrying member of the asthma society, she just wants to meet the father who turned her mother into a paranoid, move-across-the-nation freak. Now she’s trying to fit in at yet
another school, but for the first time in her life, she has a best friend, Beth. When Allyson accidentally spits fire at kidnappers in the mall, she realizes why her father isn’t in the picture: she’s half dragon. Her acne? Emerging scales. Her asthma? The side effects of her dragon’s fire breath. Instead of freaking out, unflappable Beth reveals her own troll heritage and
explains how things work with the supernatural creatures hiding within the modern world of smartphones and skyscrapers.

When trolls kidnap a unicorn, Beth gets blamed. Allyson is determined to
prove Beth’s innocence and keep her friend off the unicorn chopping block. When
they start looking for the kidnappers, they get a call from the last person
they expect: Allyson’s father. He tries to warn them off, but he’s been put under
a spell by the kidnappers to keep the victims from escaping. Nothing short of
death can stop him. Now Allyson must choose between killing the father she’s
always dreamed of, or letting her best friend die for a crime she didn’t
commit.

 

 

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