Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

When you are around young children, listen very carefully. When they believe no one is concerned with what they are doing, they let themselves go. They make up stories, give dialogue to their playthings, and giverepparttar best descriptions to animate or inanimate objects that you can ever imagine.

As writers, we sometimes lose that child-like quality of spontaneous insight. intorepparttar 129637 stories we are trying to write. We work at writing, instead of letting writing work in us. Some stories I have read give mundane, dull, and very uninteresting descriptions of scenes that could be brought alive and made vibrant withrepparttar 129638 right words. When you are trying to describe something to your reader, close your eyes and in your mind see whatever it is “forrepparttar 129639 first time”. You never saw it before and you are trying to take in allrepparttar 129640 details. All your senses are aware of this scene or object and they all want to participate. Let go and let them. Don’t let them hold back. They arerepparttar 129641 artists of your creativity so taking away their paints and brushes will only harm your work.

Your characters and their personalities and antics can be treated inrepparttar 129642 same way. Meet them as total strangers with no pre-conceived notions. Let them be themselves and take it from there. Some writers believe that their characters must always berepparttar 129643 super heroes in every scene. Sometimesrepparttar 129644 quiet, unassuming person inrepparttar 129645 room that is deep in thought or totally absorbed in whatever they are doing speaks louder thanrepparttar 129646 character that is explaining and touting their own horn.


Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

Many potentially great writers have enough enthusiasm and energy to keeprepparttar Olympic torch going forrepparttar 129636 next thousand years. They are “writing” in their minds 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Months on end, their mind is fast at work with fantastic ideas, characters, and then -repparttar 129637 bottom falls out.

They sent in that manuscript, or submitted that query and it came back “Sorry, it doesn’t fit our current publication needs.” Yes, a rejection is a turn-down whetherrepparttar 129638 publisher uses kind words or just a form letter. In other words, our perfect attempt at literature was not perfect. It didn’t hit that “publish me” target with these publications or editors.

Then these souls that have labored untold hours and typed, retyped, and typed again are devastated. They cannot, will not, and “you can’t convince me for allrepparttar 129639 money at Fort Knox” to continue writing.

Why do we base perfection on one, two, or even three opinions? What you wrote, thinking it was your “best to date” is exactly that! It is YOUR best to date, and you are pleased with it as you should be. It is where you were at that particular moment of your writing life. It was perfection at 9:23 a.m. on Monday,repparttar 129640 fourth of November. Leave it at that and start on your next piece of perfection.

Should you attempt to change or modify what you wrote and that was rejected? Of course, because it still hasrepparttar 129641 opportunity to be perfection on whatever day in time you finish it forrepparttar 129642 second, third, or how many other times. The most important step here is that you went ahead, didn’t sell all your pencils and paper, and moved forward, not backward, and not stood still.

When a child is born that is far less than perfect,repparttar 129643 parents and all those involved in this mystery of life, must find a way to bolster their attempt at makingrepparttar 129644 best of a “less than perfect” situation. This, of course, is a far more tragic undertaking than what a writer faces with a rejection. But we can learn so much from those that face walls that are made of concrete, while ours are simply plaster. The families of these children thatrepparttar 129645 world has labeled “less than perfect” are still proud of their perfect little boy or girl. To them, atrepparttar 129646 moment they are holding him/her in their arms, they are totally perfect. They arerepparttar 129647 most precious, wonderful miracle that two people can create. They will love and be proud of this example of their love each subsequent moment, at that particular moment, even whenrepparttar 129648 hurdles come along. Whenrepparttar 129649 child attempts something and cannot do it, they will be proud of their attempt. When they take a “baby” step inrepparttar 129650 right direction, they will applaud their efforts. When they fail completely, they will hold them tight and loverepparttar 129651 perfect way they tried at that moment.

You see, only you can equate perfection in your writing. If you are pleased, thenrepparttar 129652 writing is pleasing. If you gave it all you had, everything you could muster, then it is perfection. It will never be “perfect” to everyone, every single time, and every single moment in time.

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