Friday, May 15, 2015

Online class

My online class with Kid's Book Revisions through Delve is going well. I still feel a bit in over my head, but I've determined to take what I can learn and leave the rest. I am content to crawl along like a turtle as long as it's forward motion in the right direction. (And it is!)

One of the things I find most challenging is resisting the urge to write perfectly. Because I want my writing to be "perfect," I find myself not writing or posting at all. This all-or-nothing attitude is a detriment to me as a writer! It becomes a huge stumbling block. I need to give myself Permission to make mistakes. What a great reminder and source of encouragement that is.

I never thought of myself as a perfectionist before (and if you saw my house, you'd know it's definitely not in that area!), but the Kid's Book Revisions class has shown me that I'm not alone in this struggle to put words on paper perfectly. Successful writers are not the ones who write perfectly. Successful writers are the ones who revise. They continue to learn and hone the craft of writing. They don't give up, using perfection as an excuse.

I've gotten encouragement and wisdom from the first few sessions of the class, and it's been wonderful to connect with other writers who are in the same boat, so to speak. It's a blessing to have the technology we do so that we can use the gifts we've been given in the best way possible. I don't have to aim for perfection, but I do have to have a teachable spirit. And I'm thankful for those willing to teach.