What Season Is Your Writing Career In Right Now? Part One: Spring

by @thewritermama on November 14, 2011 · 3 comments

This is part four in a four-part series on the seasons of your writing career, which is also the organizing principle I used in The Writer’s Workout.

Some of you may be surprised by this organizational logic, but it makes perfect sense, if you will allow me a few posts to explain.

The Spring of Your Career

Nobody wants to be a beginner.

Being a beginner is uncomfortable because there is so much to learn, do, accomplish…and none of it has happened yet.

But, as a teacher, I love working with beginners.

Here’s something you need to know about beginners: they listen.

Not only do they listen, they absorb what you say, and even put it to use.

This is the best thing that can possibly happen for a teacher. And when writers listen, absorb and act, they often advance quickly and easily, even more quickly and easily than intermediates. (I’ll talk about them in tomorrow.)

So, if you are a beginner, take heart. It’s really one of the best places to be. Your whole writing career lies ahead of you as one great, big, fun adventure.

I’d go back again if I could. And actually, now I can. Because I wrote a whole quarter of The Writer’s Workout with tips for those at the beginning of their careers.

And just so everyone would get it, I labeled it: Spring.

Much better than: Beginner.

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about Summer.

~ Photo by NixBC

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