A case of the Mondays

March 9, 2009 at 3:40 am

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ever have a day where you wish you had a “do-over” button? Although you can’t change the past, you can change the way you look at it. Learn from your blunders, use your wrong decisions to make new opportunities.

Writing, however is different. It’s magical in the way that you can do it over. Whatever is written can be revised, changed and “done-over.” Use this special opportunity to really rake over your words. Do the characters act as they should consistently throughout the story? If they don’t, is there a good reason why? Does the setting add to the entire feel of your story? How is the pacing? Too slow or fast in some spots? What about the transitions from one scene to the next, do they flow or is it confusing to the reader?

Use this chance to “do-over” your story. Meet with other writers in a group or one-on-one to critique each other’s work. Find a writing mentor, someone who has attained the goals you’re after. Listen. Reread. Rewrite. Revise. And infuse your story with its true potential.


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