24 Things To Do While Waiting…

For anyone who has had to wait for a prolonged period of time for anything, here are the things I’m doing to prevent percsription-worthy anxiety.

  1. Practice yoga.
  2. Tell myself not to check email. 
  3. Meditate. Let any thoughts float by like fish in the sea. Try not to imagine fish taking bites out of me.
  4. Work on marketing/business plan for book. 
  5. Exercise. Boost up the speed/incline on treadmill until I can’t hear myself think. 
  6. Research topics for next book.
  7. “Write like a motherfucker,”in the words of the gorgeously talented Cheryl Strayed.
  8. Expand writer platform by following everything Christina Katz instructs.
  9. Read and reread books by favorite authors and try to figure out how they made it look so easy. A good list to start: Anna Quindlen, Elizabeth Berg, Maria Semple, Sarah Bird, and Anne Lamott. 
  10. Stalk favorite writers on social media.
  11. Write something. Even if it is 15 minutes of typing, “I don’t know what to write. I don’t know what to write.”
  12. Post something witty, inspirational or slightly snarky on Facebook. Avoid whiny.
  13. Update bookshelf on Goodreads. Try to figure out how to give a four-and-a-half star rating. 
  14. Look for other paying work to augment writing work. Something part time that gives me time to write, yet pays $500 an hour to support book/writing habit.
  15. Enter writing competitions and calls for entries for anthologies.
  16. Write, write, write.
  17. Eat something crunchy.
  18. Eat something chewy.
  19. Eat something sweet.
  20. Get distracted by kids and dogs. 
  21. Write.
  22. Sleep.  
  23. Wake up. 
  24. Check email.

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