Kindergartners + tasks = impatience and excitement.
Writing + submitting to agents = impatience and excitement.
I see a pattern. So what do Kindergartners have in common with writers that want to be published traditionally? Turns out, a lot.
The Task...Designing the Portfolio cover
Kindergartners reaction to this project depended on the child. But, I can tell you my general observations. Once the crayons were in hand it was hard to get the kids to put them down. Sound familiar when you get into a writing groove?
Along the way, I interrupted the children's progress on their project to have them add three important elements: name, year, and a silly bunny drawing. Some listened and executed the instructions incredibly well. Some didn't hear a word I said and were lost in their own world, which meant they wrote their name upside down on their portfolio. I could say the latter must be the type of writer that might drive a agent crazy or critique partners.
By the end of the project, the kid's were sad to wrap it up. I noticed how unique their designs were. Some were frustrated, some satisfied, and all had a level of impatience along the way.
I can relate to them. I think when we want something so bad, it's hard not to check your email a hundred times a day, waiting for those golden words--"I love what you've written, can you send me more?" I know I'm anxious for that day to come, almost as anxious as a kindergartner with a crayon in their hand.
My blog post was inspired by Rachelle Gardner and her article regarding impatience.