The Continuous Mistake

August 14, 2016

Back in May, I received a book titled The Continuous Mistake as a graduation gift from Ms. Ginger, one of the English teachers at the boarding school I attended during my senior year of high school. She told me that she often came back to it over and over again when she was struggling with her writing.

I hadn’t fully started reading through The Continuous Mistake until tonight. One of the main things that the author, Gail Sher, mentioned in the book was a list of four ‘truths’ for writers.

The Four Noble Truths

  • Writers write.
  • Writing is a process.
  • You don’t know what your writing will be until the end of the process.
  • If writing is your practice, the only way to fail is not to write.

As a writer myself, I agree with all of these ‘truths’, especially the last one. Gail Sher also covers “writing periods” and how to make them successful and enjoyable for you as a writer. There’s even writing exercises included in some parts of the book.

I don’t want to spoil the rest of it, but I think many of us may find this book to be a helpful guide in our writing journey. Starting on Monday the 15th, I want to set aside a little bit of time to write (10-20 minutes) as my writing period after I’ve returned home from college and during the weekend.

Let me know if you enjoyed this little article by commenting your thoughts or giving it a ‘like’. If you already own a copy of The Continuous Mistake, tell me how the author’s advice helped you in your writing! 🙂

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