3 Things To Do While Waiting For A Submission Status

3 Things To Do While Waiting For A Submission Status

You’ve bitten the bullet and sent your writing out into the world for publication. Whether it’s your first time doing this or done submitted your work dozens of times. What comes next is usually one of the most nerve-wracking parts for a writer. Waiting for the magazine, press, journal, etc. to say yay or nay to your writing. And I assure you, the waiting game sucks.

So here’s a few things you can do to keep your mind occupied as you wait. Instead of checking your emails or accounts (like Submittable or Duotrope).

3. Practice yoga or meditation

Yoga and meditation helps with your mental well-being. It can help you achieve calm and relax your mind. It also helps in centering your attention and relieving anxiety and depression. 


2. Read a book(s)

Stephen King said it best. “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have time or tools to write.” Use this chance to finally make a dent in your TBR list. As well take the opportunity to read the stories from other writers to help improve your writing. And enjoy getting lost in a book.

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1. Start writing a new story

Nothing like a new story to take your mind off the one you just finished. Whether it’s a new story idea or the next story in a series. Creating a new universe for your story to exist keeps the anxiety and possible negative thoughts at bay. Especially when you’re flooded with excitement when you have new darlings to bring life to. And eventually kill.

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What do you usually do to help you get through the waiting game? Did it make the list? Have any suggestions to make?

And remember, stay safe and healthy.

I am a writer. Therefore, I am not sane.-Edgar Allen Poe 2.0


  1. I’ve been working hard to keep my unpublished work on submission more regularly. When I’ve got 20-30 pieces out there being considered, it’s easier for me to just ignore that part of writing life for a while and not worry about the reception while I work on other things. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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