I’m all ready to go. Had a nice break and I feel the buzz to get back to work. The only problem is my kids did not want to let me! I guess they enjoyed my undivided attention so much they refused to sleep at the same time. Oh well. Try as I might I can’t force them to all sleep at the same time so I can get some writing done. (I can blog while they’re running circles around me, but for my fiction writing I need utter silence.) And this brings me to the topic of today. Patience.

Oh, what a better world this would be if we all had just a little extra patience. Less road-rage, more consideration for others, less violence, more love, less crappy quantity, more perfect amounts of quality. We’re a greedy society. Our modern technology and rather comfortable standard of living has set our expectations high. We want to have our cake and eat it too and we want it pronto and for cheap. Where’s the love? Where’s a little patience?

Writing is a craft. It takes time to develop just like any other skill. We need patience for our ideas to develop, for our writing to become solid, for our characters to take shape, and for our voice to break free. We need patience for the events in our lives that work against our goals. We don’t need to give up, we just need to be patient!

Like now. My infant woke up from his sort-of-nap again and does not want to sit in my lap while I type. It’s not hopeless. It’s life. If we have a little patience not only will our lives be a lot more pleasant our writing will be on a higher level. More wisdom, more depth. So I’m going to take a deep breath, play Ring-Around-the-Rosies, and look forward to the next time I have absolute silence.


  1. Thanks for the reminder. I so know where you are coming from!

  2. Liesl, I’m starting at the beginning of your blog and I’ve got to tell you, I love your blog already! (Sara Jane just refered me to it, because she saw on my facebook that I am just beginning my platform blog.) Congratulations on your upcoming book! It’s always so wonderful when another writer has tasted their dream. Best of luck for the future as well!

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