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.

Use Real-Life Templates For Writing Success

Written by Shaun Fawcett

At some point alongrepparttar way, most of us have used what are commonly called "fill-in-the-blank" writing templates. We might have used them to write a letter, format an essay, or set-up a resume or CV.

You know what I'm talking about here. It's those form letter templates that you see in many writing texts and workbooks.


For example, inrepparttar 129635 case of a letter, a "fill-in-the-blank" template would look something like this:


This is to advise you that your probation period inrepparttar 129636 position [POSITION NAME] expired on [DATE].

The [NAME OF REVIEW COMMITTEE] met on [DATE OF MEETING] and determined that your probationary appointment was successful and that you should be immediately appointed to [NAME OF POSITION] [NAME OF ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT].

Accordingly, this is to inform you that effective [DATE OF APPOINTMENT] you are officially appointed torepparttar 129637 position of [NAME OF POSITION] for an initial period of [NUMBER OF YEARS/MONTHS]. Terms and conditions of your employment are covered by [OFFICIAL CONTRACT NAME/NUMBER].

Would you please report as soon as possible to [NAME OF OFFICIAL], [TITLE OF OFFICIAL] inrepparttar 129638 [OFFICIAL NAME OF HR GROUP] so thatrepparttar 129639 details of your appointment may be properly documented.

Congratulations [NAME OF APPOINTEE]. All of us at [COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION NAME] look forward to working with you inrepparttar 129640 future.



Although this "fill-in-the-blank" approach can work, it has a number of shortcomings as follows:


- Because of their generic nature, they tend to generalize so much that they resemble a computer generated form letter.

- They don't provide specific information on how a professional would properly fill inrepparttar 129641 required information [BLANKS].

- They don't provide mental stimulation or show how a professional might wordrepparttar 129642 letter in a specific real-life context.

- The content is typically watered down to try and cover every possible situation.

- Thus, they are virtually useless for 98% of real-life situations, since they lack real-life content.


Onrepparttar 129643 other hand, here's what a "real-life" template would look like for a similar situation:

Dear Jessica:

This is to advise you that your probation period inrepparttar 129644 position Customer Service Agent (Temporary) expired on November 30, 2001.

The Staffing Review Committee met late last week and determined that your probationary appointment was successful and that you should be immediately appointed as Customer Service Agent (Ongoing).

Accordingly, this is to inform you that effective December 1, 2001 you are officially appointed torepparttar 129645 position of Customer Service Agent inrepparttar 129646 Customer Support Group for an initial period of 36 months. Terms and conditions of your employment are covered byrepparttar 129647 Customer Service Group Employment Agreement.

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