My mother has sported teased hair all her life. My beautician says they don’t teach new hairstylists how to tease hair anymore. So when I need to find someone to style my mother’s hair, I have to ask if they know how to tease it. I found two in town: one is my hairdresser, and the other is the back-up stylist I go to when my regular beautician isn’t working.
“Oh, you mean, backcomb?” She smiled and nodded. “Sure! I know how to do that.”
As she teased my mother’s hair into a lovely, fluffy cloud, she told us that in her school, they had to spend every day for a month backcombing hair on mannequins. “I learned patience.”
What a great reminder that our writing profession isn’t the only one requiring patience. So, would you prefer to wrestle with characters and wait on agents and editors to review your work, or would you rather tease hair?
Are you more patient now that you are a writer?
How has writing taught you patience?
What would you tell new writers about being patient during the process of being published?