Monday, 21 May 2012

Sometimes It Takes More Than One Attempt ...

I'm sure the European leaders won't be sitting around a table soon to agree to the abolition of the Euro. There's far too much at stake, even for those of us not in the single currency. Whether Greece stays in the Euro is not a debate for this blog, but the point I want to make is that Europe's leaders aren't just going to give up and start another project.

I try to say to students tackling the course, not to simply produce an assignment, send it in for me to mark, and then move onto the next assignment. And for all writers having a go at a new area, or genre, don't let despondency set in after your first attempt.

The first time we write an article, short story, poem or novel, we're learning. But, that's the start of the learning process ... not the end. So, if you write an article and it gets rejected, that doesn't mean that you can't write articles. It doesn't mean that the idea wasn't suitable. It simply means there's still a bit more to learn. So, have another go. Review what worked and what didn't work with your last project, and learn from it ... then have another go. Put what you've learned into practise.

Don't put it to one side and say, "Oh well, at least I had a go." Just because that first travel feature didn't work, it doesn't mean that the next one won't. Have another go. And another. And then another.

Good luck.


  1. Yes you are right Simon - however I do admit giving up (at least for the time being) with subs to The Oldie. I have a great collection of hand written rejections on little post cards, all rather quaint..........

  2. Great advice - thanks Simon :-)

  3. Thank you, Simon. I need the boost.