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Persist to Perfect

Our first attempt at anything always appears awkward.

And for writing it could be worse.

When you submit your first work to a publishing company and get a rejection, you hardly take it well because you trust you did a great job. And it happened that what you think was a great job was crap before those professionals.

If you persist and get better, you might get accepted and published.

They won’t accept you because they’re having a good day. They might based on the perfection of the ‘crap’ after several rewriting and editing.

As time slips by, you will have to look back to understand why your work couldn’t make it through in the first and second submission.

Never feel bad because your writing got a snub, a time will come when they will be scrambling to get a glimpse of your work.

Don’t throw anything you have written away even though it belonged nowhere now.

All you need is make it better with a couple of rewrites and lots of editing.

You can never judge the outcome of that work by looking at the very first draft.

With constant practice through persistence, that ‘discardable’ work might turn out to be the reason why you had become the most famous writer in the whole wide world.

How about that?

Octavia E. Butler said,
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”


Florence Ezekafor View All

I'm a food scientist who has chosen the path of creative writing- the one thing which comes to me naturally.
Back in 2013, my love for teaching young learners propelled me into picking teaching as a career. I taught English, Maths and Science in the United Arab Emirates where I lived for ten years. Right now, I live in Coal City, a beautiful hilly area of my country Nigeria.
My website Fiez-writer is a product of my extreme desire to share my writing with the world. Here, I share fiction, poems, thoughts and writing tips.
A huge part of my life is spent with my lovely family and I'm a proud mother to three brilliant kids.

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