Be Flexible

At my first writers conference, a mentor noted good points about my article and suggested I tie the ending back to the beginning, cut unnecessary words, blah, blah, blah.

I tried to appear as if I was listening, but I rejected her comments. This piece is perfect. What do you know?

I submitted it. Before long, the rejection arrived.

I now pay attention when a professional gives advice. I don’t get many rejections these days. When I do, they’re not form letters.

You learn more from the constructive criticism of writing mentors than from their compliments. Take them to heart.

React: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received from a writing mentor?

Pauline Hylton lives in Clearwater, Florida. She’s a graduate of the Guild’s Journeyman course and has been published in many Christian and secular publications. Currently she has an article in the USA Today magazine, Your Life Guide to Women’s Health, and in Tallahassee Woman. She loves God, her family, and dark chocolate. Visit her online.

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