In Which Jackie Drags Out Yet Another Tired Analogy

For the few people still reading this blog, I thought I’d vary my analogy today. I’ve given up supermarkets for the moment, since supermarkets imply movement. I’m going with quicksand today since there is absolutely no movement whatsoever. Plus I can also get in the whole ‘journey to publication’ thing since, apparently, it is a journey.  Except I guess that too is a misnomer since ‘journeying’ also implies movement. And I’m not moving. I’m stuck in the quicksand of waiting.

It’s depressing. You can’t do anything. You can’t move forward and you can’t even go back. Oh, you keep writing but you wonder what the point of it all is. You’ve got stacks of stories but why write more? No one’s ever going to read anything you’ve written anyway, right?

Even your blog posts start sounding the same.

I’m not quite sure what to do really. The quicksand is steadily sucking all my enthusiasm for writing away and soon I’ll have nothing left. The real world is calling and a job that actually pays money for hard work is seeming all the more attractive.

I thought this year I would start to get somewhere. I’ve had few modest successes and I think my writing is better than it’s ever been. But now the successes haven’t lead anywhere but into more quicksand, things are starting to feel like retread of last year. And the year before that. And the year before that.

So what’s the point with continuing to standing here, stuck in the middle of a journey that isn’t going anywhere?  Anyone got any sage advice for a quicksandee?

14 thoughts on “In Which Jackie Drags Out Yet Another Tired Analogy”

  1. Jackie – I just want to come to NZ and hug you. But before that I want to hunt down all those editors who haven’t got back to you yet and tell them to get their acts together. Enough is enough! You ARE a fabulous writer. xox

  2. Waiting sucks Jackie, it just does. I’m with Rach, i’ll go Ed hunting with her and sort ’em out for you. :O)
    Hang in there, it’ll come to you soon, and then all the waiting angst will melt away.

    Jo
    x

  3. Jackie
    Sending you loads of hugs.
    Remember you won’t be waiting forever. That is not possible(!!)So you are temporarily in quicksand. All I can think of is maybe its time to take a mini break. And if you don’t want to do that maybe write something completely different and send it to an agent?
    More hugs.
    Nina xx

  4. Sending hugs and love, Jackie.

    And know exactly where you’re coming from (if we ever meet up I’ll bring my subs book – I’m not going to make the number of Rs public, but it will make you cry).

    I have been reading, but not always able to comment.

    XX

  5. Rach – thanks m’dear. I appreciate it.

    Joanne – The waiting angst will melt away under a hot lava flood of rejection probably. Perhaps waiting is preferable! 🙂

    Victoria – thanks for the optimism. I kind of need it today.

    Nina – I used to think it wasn’t possible…;-) Well, I did write something different once before (that is ALSO something I am waiting on) but….ah, maybe I should. Pity I haven’t got any ideas! 🙂

    Suzanne – thank you for the hugs. And I totally love the way you keep on going (despite the Rs). It’s inspiring.And my subs book is getting up there, depending on whether you count contest entries. 🙂

  6. No advice from me Jackie, I’m in the quicksand beside you. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Except I’m waiting for myself to damn well finish my WIP. I’ve been slaving away since last September, and I’m still a chapter away from the end. I’m constantly frustrated with myself, but I have to fit in work and health around the edges, so I can’t go any faster. Grrr.

    I still read your blog, and as long as you continue to post, I’ll continue to read. Don’t give up. The waiting process allows the worst possible outcomes to become reality in your mind, even when it’s not the case. Write something else. Keep at it. It’s the only way to succeed. We’re all here with you.

    Madeline x

  7. Madeline – that’s true about the worst possible outcomes. Yes, maybe writing something different is a good idea, like you and Nina suggest. I certainly enjoyed the last thing I wrote that wasn’t category. I do have another idea but it involves worldbuilding – at which I suck. Oh joy. 🙂
    Hugs on your waiting. And I hope work and health give you a break so you can get it done. A chapter away from the end sounds like you’re almost there!

  8. Hang in there, Jax… ((((Hugs))) I am hoping you’ll get out of the waiting quicksand soon…But as long as ideas flow, I guess, you have a way to escape into your head 🙂

  9. Day late and a dollar short but…

    Keep going. And I’m completely one hundred percent sure you’ll get there. Totally. Never been more sure in my life. I mean, I’ve always been sure. But I’m totally sure.

    *runs away*

  10. Ju – thanks m’dear! And yes, that IS true. At leaset the ideas are still there.

    Maisey – LOL!!!! You know, I have this funny feeling that for once, I believe you. 😉

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