When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.
Today’s tip: Take Your Time
“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time unlike, say, brain surgery.”
Good advise from Robert Cormier. Getting it right the first time is as common as the fact that the average American has one testicle and one ovary. There’s no American THAT average and there are no writers who hit a home run the first time.
Or the second, or third, or the hundredth time. Why? Because doing something always ends up taking longer than you expect. It took mankind 358 years to solve Fermat’s Last Theorem. It took Andrew Wiles–the man who broke that record–eight years of his life to do it.
Keep fighting the good fight. You’ll make it. I’ll keep the light on for you.
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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.