Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yay, A Goof!

I'm a member of Critique Circle, a site where writers of all ages post stories for critique and feedback. Some of our writers are as young as ten years old, and I've been blessed to see these younguns take the role of young guns in the writing world.

I've also seen many young people start out on their path to being writers only to come to a screeching halt when they look back at their own work and decide they aren't happy with the project they started four years ago. They lock right p, and hit a wall. Not another word comes from their fingertips because now, all of a sudden, they are afraid of making more mistakes.

I'm here to let you all off the hook: It's okay to make mistakes. You are a writer. Writers make mistakes. We make typos, leave plot holes, write shallow characters, misuse commas, abuse adverbs and make real messes of all our work. The only reason it doesn't make the shelf that way is because WE GET TO GO BACK AND FIX OUR WORK. It's called editing. It's called revision.

In life, we're taught not to make mistakes. We only get one chance at a first impression. We only have one senior prom. We get on chance at our big break, and if we mess that up we're screwed forever.

Good thing it's not that way in writing. The important thing, people, is to get the story written. Mistakes and all. This is your one chance to revel in plot holes and perfect heroes who are invulnerable and speak like they are trying not to swallow a large lump of Jello in their mouth. Because you can go back and fix it.

So here, it's official. *Waves Moses Stick* I hereby bless you to make huge goofs and dance around like a fiend. Rejoice in being imperfect. Just get the story written. Let the world share in this gift you have as a storyteller.

Because we get to go back later and fix it.




Coming soon to Print: Becoming NADIA, Best Thriller award winner of the EPIC eBook Award.
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There's only one thing that pretty, popular TV reporter Nadia Velasquez is missing: her memory from before the explosion that killed everyone else in the room, including the President of Nigeria. But from the moment she meets FBI agent Jon Daniels, all hell breaks loose. Friends turn into deadly enemies overnight, and no one can be truly trusted.

When Jon and Nadia investigate further, they discover the living terror that is the truth behind Nadia's existence, a truth that could mean the death of millions.

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