WRITING TIP: Celebrate mistakes

In our perfection-obsessed culture, it’s easy to be embarrassed or even ashamed of our mistakes, but in truth, we ought to be proud of them. Mistakes indicate that you are trying something new, doing something you’ve never done before. We can’t do something well until we’ve mastered it; we can’t master something until we’ve learned to do it — and as writers, everything we write is brand new, and therefore, subject to learning and to mistakes. Mistakes are not sins or failures — they can always be corrected. As Mary Pickford put it, “…you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”