I have several magazine submissions circulating. Dozens upon dozens upon dozens of my poems are waiting for some form of acknowledgement, whether it is rejection or acceptance. I keep thinking to myself, I have over a hundred poems, several short stories, and a few one act plays waiting for responses from editors. Why am I waiting so long?
The answer lies in the response time. One might have to wait a few days for an ezine or an online journal to reply. One might have to wait a few months for a print journal or an online journal. Sometimes one might have to wait for a reply for over a year!
There are many virtues a writer must have. Perserverence. Determination. Passion. I have all those. The one I lack is patience. I am certain there are other writers in the same boat as me. One way to produce a defense mechanism against this lack of patience is to always look forward to a reply. When opening a letter or an email from an editor, one must be bubbling with anticipation and enthusiasm rather than the disdain of having to wait so long.