Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q: Queue Up

Q:  There are somethings I have great patience with and some I don't. I hate standing in line.  At the store, I can't help but wonder why all those people have to shop at the same time as me.  On the highway, I curse the engineers who didn't make a road with ten lanes so there would be no one on the hard top in front of me.  And why, why, does it take them so long to make my simple ice coffee at Starbucks?

But even as children we learn to wait our turn.  We queue up for our right-of-way, our chance,  the opportunity for the focus to be on us.  Few of us like to wait but there are things we can do to make the queue for our writing success a little bit shorter.  Learn the craft. Network with those who have gone before.  Form connections and get our name out there.  Read, read and read.  Write the best prose we can and then study and write it better. Jump to the head of the queue.

Are you patient when in line?  What kind of line drives you bonkers?


  1. Being a Brit, I'm a great queuer (!) but I live in a country that hates it, so it's a continual fight.

  2. As an Aussie, I'm also great at waiting in line, although mutinous thought smight be running through my head, lol.

  3. Life is teaching me to be patient as is my preschooler and my teen. I used to be one of those go-go-go people. It's getting easier to wait and to take my time to get to the finish line. I'm not really sure there is a finish line for writers, just milestones.

  4. My amount of patience is entirely dependent upon why I'm waiting in line.

    I waited in line for five hours to watch the last Harry Potter movie and would've waited five more if I had to.

    But waiting in traffic kills me. I'm with you. Roads need to have ten lanes so no one will be in front of me.

  5. I get strangely competitive and will pick a person in another line that I set the goal to beat out of the store. Granted, I really don't have much control over it, but it keeps things interesting while I'm waiting.

  6. no i am sorry to admit--i am not the least bit patient when waiting in line--especially in the grocery store--i am nice enough--i hope to hide it

  7. Susan, you really turned a negative into a big positive!

    I love it when things end on a high note!

    I am really patient, but I hate it when I feel like I'm holding up the line... always fighting the urge to appologize. :/

  8. I'm hardly ever waiting. I mean, I'll be waiting for something to happen (hear back from beta readers or that sort of thing), but I rarely notice it. Mostly because, I'm too busy. Luckily, I don't really feel like I'm waiting. But sometimes, I feel like time's going much too fast!

  9. I live in England to, and I'm ok at waiting in line. I hate waiting in long queues at theme parks or rides though, because you can't wait to go on the rides!
    Visiting you as a fellow A-Zer.

  10. I struggle with patience. And don't let a slow driver get in front of me!

  11. Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. Love your blog. I am looking into writing my first novel and think your blog will be great to follow as I go through that process.

  12. LOL I think everyone hates waiting on line and everyone has at some point.

    Sonia Lal, A to Z challenge

  13. Normal lines I don't have that much of a problem with. It seems like I always manage to get in the wrong one at the store, but I just try to entertain myself with people watching.

    I'd never do it, but these people who camp out waiting in line for some new product or hot concert tickets are just plain nuts in my opinion. I've got better things to do than wait for hours in some line for something you just might have to wait to get or not get. My time is too important to wait for things that can easily be replaced by other things.

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