From Cheryl's Writing Crate
As a writer, I am constantly learning from my experiences, my successes, and certainly my mistakes. As much as I love the craft of writing, I am never 100% confident that my final piece is perfect--far from it actually.
I'm the type of person who visualizes nearly everything I do before I complete it. If I'm redecorating a room in our home, before I take the first stroke with a paint brush I close my eyes and see the entire room finished--in all it's fabulous glory! The same for a meal I am cooking for my family or even a 10-mile power walk I am about to take. Same scenario--I close my eyes and picture the finished product with me feeling satisfied and fulfilled.
With writing, it's not always that easy. I usually have a pretty good idea of what I hope my finished column, article, essay or chapter will read like, but just because my ideas are flowing freely, it doesn't necessarily mean my grammar, tense, or the fluency of my article is going to be as good as it can be. In fact, these areas are the ones I struggle with most as a writer.
If you're lucky enough to have great editors (like I do!) who can shape your final works into polished masterpieces, you have much to be grateful for. And although I do have such wonderful editors, I am constantly striving to deliver my pieces with as much perfection as possible.
The Craft of Writing is a Combination of Passion, Ideas, Commitment , and Learning from Your Mistakes.
In order to do this, I keep a file of my favorite articles that pertain to all components of writing.
This one written by Clare Dodd is one I refer to often.
How do you keep your writing in check? Please share with us in the comment section or visit The Writer's Crate on facebook and post there.