Write like a TURTLE!

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Want to survive, even thrive, as a writer?  Then take the TURTLE approach.  Enjoy!

Develop a thick shell. The business of writing is not all butterflies and daisies. It’s hard work with a steep learning curve and lots and lots of guaranteed opportunity for rejection. But if, like a turtle, you can develop a few callouses, or preferably a nice thick shell, you can let those rejections, doubting comments etc. bounce right off.

Be at peace with the slow pace of it all. The publishing world is notoriously slow.  Accept that, then use the time to bask in the sun, soaking up new story ideas and savoring the process.

Take time each day to retreat into your shell.  As writers it’s important to set aside quiet time to write each day. But if long “retreats into your shell” are hard to muster, take heart – good writing can’t be done in total isolation. It’s also important to mosey along in the outside world for that’s where you will find your inspiration!

Bury your eggs for awhile before letting them go. I’ve learned over time, that my best stories and poems are the ones I let sit for a while, so I can re-examine and improve them before sending them out for consideration to editors. My ideas, at least, improve with age.

Don’t expect every egg to be viable.  Not every idea is a winner and that’s okay. The important thing is to keep producing eggs, er stories, for in every batch there will surely be a few good eggs, or maybe more than a few.

Happy writing, all!

 

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18 thoughts on “Write like a TURTLE!

  1. What a brilliant analogy! Thanks for a perfect post about turtles and eggs, about writing and rewriting, about letting the rejections roll off your shell. And there is also the joy of anticipating the egg that hatches!

  2. That was a great analogy! Love it. It does remind me of myself for all those reasons and that my process IS on the slow side. My motto: “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” ~Confucius

  3. With all the waiting in publishing, being in a rush is a sure way to drop out and do something else. For that matter, even *waiting* should be a no-no. Turtle it is. 🙂

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