One year ago to the day, Oldest took his driving permit test. He seemed completely unruffled even though he hadn’t studied. And with his dyslexia, I worried about him reading the questions wrong. By the time we got to the courthouse, I was sick to my stomach.
I guess I should have just listened to him. He passed as easily as if he had written the handbook himself.
Today is his 16th birthday. For the past two days, I have been trying to get him to practice parallel parking in the car he would be driving for his test. No dice.
“I know how to parallel park.”
Not in this car.
“I’m fine, Mom. I’ll pass.”
Egads, to have so much misplaced confidence. No practice, no worrying, no obsessing.
I know I don’t have to say it, but submitting our writing is waaaaaay different than this. We do practice. We write, we hone, we edit, we critique, we cringe, we rewrite, we re-edit and we cringe some more.
Then, we sit anxiously by our e-boxes and gnaw our fingers to the knuckles. Unless that’s just me…
Needless to say, Eldest passed his test with a stellar score. He missed only five total points. Not bad considering that he forgot to start the car on the way up to the courthouse and couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t shift out of park!
What is your state of mind when you submit a query? Do you have confidence that your manuscript is ready to go, or are you afraid of knocking over a cone? How do you prepare for submission? By working extra hard or simply knowing that if you don’t have it figured out now, it’s never going to happen?