You wait, like the beautiful creature above, sitting motionless while waiting for a treat.
And while waiting for writing projects that do not come, you suddenly thought with dread – what am I going to do now? You still wait for a little more, of course. You hope that an opportunity will knock again. You idly ask in silence for just one. The gods are not that callous, are not that busy, are not that capricious, are not that n(d)umb, to realize that you are just as talented as the others. You hope.
The looming concern is to be productive – to do something while you wait. Just like any waiting ordeal, sustaining one’s usefulness in this almost virtual world is a challenge. Don’t fret, this is just one of those practical affairs. You will find that time is fastest when you do not wait but do something instead.
Train Yourself to Learn More
It is truly beneficial to gain some knowledge while you wait in earnest. Instead of brooding (and constantly begging Mother Earth to summon its powers for clients to give you writing assignments), why not engage in learning, or acquiring training for a particular skill? In this day and age, this is not a problem. There is already MOOC (massive open online courses) list that offers free online courses. Free is good, of course, plus the courses are conducted by top universities and colleges. You have a massive choice of subjects and some are even specific to your needs.
Read to Entertain
One form of learning surely comes from reading but this tip is a stretch from the usual reading that you do. Read to entertain and to diversify the activity. Choose to be enlightened. Challenge your consciousness, be in an animated world with the reading material you choose. Meet new writers, introduce yourself to novelties – in reading.
Today there are contentions about the advantages of e-books and paperbacks. You might still find paperbacks as more appealing but others consider e-books as heaven-sent because of its conventionality. Some find them apparently handy because they can be contained in cellular phones, tablets, and other related gadgets. Plus. Yes, there added bonuses choosing an e-book! You get acquainted with apps like Kindle, which you can download from Google Play, that offers any reader any book they relish.
While you read, take the initiative of jotting down new words, phrases, thoughts. You can be powerful with words. What is it that they say – ‘Reading is a conventional weapon.’?
Do not dwell on the moolah you earn from writing. In other words, do not be inspired to write just because you receive pay in return. Practice does not make perfect but it does make your craft almost perfect. It would do well if you have a website or a blog where you can develop your writing skills more. It is not difficult anymore to find writing platforms you can utilize to deposit your thoughts, your rants, your reviews, etc. You can start anytime with WordPress. You can have a website ‘in about an hour’.
You definitely do not need to waste your time waiting for your writing projects to come. Above are just some of the things you can do but it is not limited to them. They are essential though in honing your writing skills while you patiently (or impatiently?) wait.