W A I T I N G . . .
Editor of Regal Books and OCW summer conference faculty member, Kim Bangs, offers some thoughts for writers who are making final preparations for conference.
Now-er: one often found tapping a pencil in meetings, fidgeting while waiting in any line.
Hello. My name is Kim and I am a “now-er.” To illustrate: During a recent trip, the hotel where I was staying advertised a free shuttle service. Prior to my visit, I did some research to learn what free and service meant. Much to my happy surprise, free meant “free” and service meant that the shuttle would take me to visit sites, shop, eat, etc.
During the stay I asked to be “shuttled” to the mall. The clerk told me it would be no more than 20 minutes. After choosing a few brochures and tourism magazines, I settled into one of the comfy chairs in the lobby.
As I finished the last of the mags, I looked at my watch and realized it had been almost 30 minutes. As a now-er, I thought to myself, Surely it won’t be much longer. I am from California and know how traffic can be.
While I checked email, a shuttle pulled up to the door. The driver disappeared behind the registration desk and soon returned with water and a bottle of soda. As she hurried past me back to the shuttle, I thought that at any moment my name would be called and I’d be off on a grand adventure. NOT. No name called, no grand adventure, and nothing to do but W A I T.
Well, that’s not exactly true. This time the now-er in me casually turned her head and said, “Excuse me, wasn’t I supposed to be on the shuttle?” The clerk apologized and called the driver. I wasn’t on her list. I continued to W A I T, armed with the knowledge that the next shuttle coming—in just a few moments—would whisk me away.
Thankfully, I wasn’t thinking about how long I had been waiting (almost an hour). Okay, I was thinking about how long I had been waiting. Just as I was ready to have a face-to-face with the clerk, the still, small voice inside me asked, “Are you listening?” No, I hadn’t been listening. I had been a busy now-er.
Holding my attention the still small voice talked to me about W A I T I N G.
- Waiting – even when you’ve researched and have the plan set
- Waiting – even when you have done things “right”
- Waiting – even when the things you brought to do are done
- Waiting – even when others pass you by
- Waiting – even when you’d rather speak up
- Waiting – for the grand adventure
Many of you have been or are researching (who to meet with, what classes to take, how to write the best proposal ever, how to craft an elevator pitch) and putting a plan together.
Many of you have done all those things really well.
Many of you are so prepared that you are now just waiting.
You’ll come to the conference with an expected grand adventure in mind and a timetable in which it should happen.
- Many of you will see others pass you by.
- Many of you will want to say something about the wait and about others passing you by.
- Many of you will continue to wait on the grand adventure until you hear the still, small voice.
He might say something like, “You have such a small idea of “grand.”
“It will be just a few more minutes/days/weeks/months/years.”
“Stay busy while you wait.”
Waiting isn’t a bad thing—although at times it feels horrible. Waiting most times is beneficial. And, of course, waiting isn’t passive, it’s action-packed.
- Along with the preparation you’re doing, what actions and other things can you do as you wait for your grand writing adventure to begin?
- Could it be possible that the way God wants to bring your grand adventure about is different than what you are thinking and planning?
- What do you think you might need to endure?
- What if your grand adventure has already begun and you’ve been too busy now-ing to see it?
Kim Bangs has served in the Christian publishing industry for 23 years. She began as an editor in the Children’s Curriculum Department at Gospel Light, and she is currently the Contracts/Author Relations Manager for Regal (the book division of Gospel Light) and also serves as a part of the acquisitions team. In 2012 Kim was awarded Editor of the Year by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She also can be found at several writers’ conferences throughout the year doing all she can to inspire and encourage writers to write their passion and keep pressing on. She enjoys baking, gardening, Disneyland, and sports . . . but loves Jesus and His Church.