Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. This week’s editorial is about taking your time and comes after a day home with my eight year old son.
Kiddo tends to rush through chores and homework to get to the good stuff…watching cartoons. I loved cartoons as a kid so I understood that.My challenge was to get him to do chores and homework without rushing so that he didn’t have to go back to redo them.
Freshman Writers at the beginning of their careers can rush through the writing process to get instant gratification. “I want this now!” as kiddo says when he’d rather not do chores and get to the good stuff.
The benefit of taking your time in writing is that you will learn the process step by step. From coming up with ideas, researching markets for your work, working them into draft form, editing and then sending it out. The writing and publishing process takes time and even though it may take longer than you Freshman Writers may like, it’s better for you.Why?
You won’t have to go back and do the work twice if you establish a good system. Write, rewrite, edit, let the work sit, and then submit. If you find yourself rushing just to see your name published, it won’t happen.
Not only that, but you only have one chance to make a good first impression with editors. And if you think editors don’t talk, think again. It hasn’t happened to me, but I’ve read about writers who were blacklisted because of editors communicating with one another. Writing can be a very small field and you want to maximize your chance to succeed.
Freshman Writers, take your time in learning the craft of writing and publishing. You’ll find that your work will stand out and be recognized.