Today, learn from yesterday’s mistakes but don’t let yesterday steal today’s peace – Jacqueline
Sabotaging Your Writing Career Before It Takes Off
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Yes, we all learn from our mistakes, however, we don’t have to make all the mistakes before we learn. We can equally learn from the mistakes of others.
In the pursuit of our writing careers, there are mistakes that have the potential to truncate it even before it begins. I am not excited to say that I have made a good number of them and still working to dig myself out of my errors.
I am equally ashamed to say that I fall into the category of writers with piles of half-finished stories and essays yet to be polished and sent to potential publishers.
The great thing is that though these mistakes might derail your quest for a while, with the right approach, you can get back on track.
Writing ‘A Pipe Dream.’
I’ve met a lot of would-be writers who are either ‘working on a book,’ or planning ‘to start working’ on one – when they can find the time – and most of them have worked on that elusive book of theirs for years and years that they’ve even forgotten what the story was about in the first place.
Interestingly, they don’t share their attempts with anyone. They also hardly bother to read guides, blogs or articles that could help to improve their writing career. If you are such a closet writer who fails to show your work to anybody and unable to compare it to what’s obtainable out there, you are living in that highly deceptive fantasy land that your work is fabulous.
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We have an Igbo proverb that says ‘when you choose to carry a clay pot up the slippery slope and fall thrice if the pot does not break, your waist would break.”
Repeating the same mistakes not only brings us heartache and failure but makes Wisdom to question our common sense.
It’s commonly said that to err is human, but why do we make the same mistakes over and over again?
It does seem as though our brains don’t learn from our past mistakes to the extent we might hope, as a matter of fact, dwelling on our past mistakes might not be the best way forward.
Instead, be more proactive and think about the future and what you can achieve if you avoid pitfalls.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
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Believe me when I tell you that I ate so much humble pie in the earlier years of my marriage, that it’s not a surprise I got a bit more ample and humble over time.
There were so many instances, that I cannot even begin to recount.
At the start of married life, I assumed that my husband was an Almighty Druid who should be able to read my mind; this was regardless of the 6 months compulsory per-marital counseling classes that we were made to attend.
I think that my mind was doodling wedding gowns in the clouds and what not, when they talked about that communication part.
Well, after the lovely wedding and the romantic honeymoon, we got into the real deal. I had never lived with a man prior to that time, I had never had a husband, so it was trial by error 😉
I see things in brilliant and different hues of colours and my husband sees them in grays and black, so, I learnt that men are truly from a different planet; maybe Mars like they said and women in a World of their own. Though I can say that some of my colours are beginning to rub off on him 😉
After several erroneous assumptions, mostly on my part, and several courses of eating humble I-am-sorry pies, I had to re-calibrate as I realized that:
No, my husband is not a mind reader, though it seems that years of being together are now turning him into one.
No, he is not a druid but, like in the first instance, some magic is happening now.
I realized that in order to make it work, our communication had to get better than my sitting on my high horse with my nose stuck up in the air, expecting him to know those things that lay within my heart and mind, and I daresay that after 15 years, I think we are getting somethings right, since we even finish each others sentences these days 🙂
Now, it’s time to shed the pounds of the humble-over-the- years pies that got stuck on my hips.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
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