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“My coach at Purdue, Piggy Lambert, constantly reminded us: ‘The team that makes the most mistakes will probably win.’
“That may sound a bit odd, but there’s a great deal of truth in it. The doer makes mistakes. Coach Lambert taught me that mistakes come from doing, but so does success.
“The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that’s a very big mistake.” John Wooden, legendary basketball coach
OK, we’re distracted. We have cabin fever. We’re feeling anxious. We’re upset. We wonder if this is all going to end. We wonder if writing really matters. We’re sitting around checking our emails, maybe even watching the endless videos about writing that are cropping up as other people try to fill their time by helping us fill ours.
When I say “we” – there’s definitely a “me” right in there. Because all of this upsetment has really pervaded my days. Getting myself back on track isn’t proving to be easy.
Maybe it’s the same for you. If so, then I have an idea: Let’s take a tip from John Wooden and Piggy Lambert — love that name! — let’s get off the sidelines:
Let’s get out there and play! Let’s get out on our field – the page — and bounce words around like a basketball! Let’s be doers:
We can polish off some stories and send them out.
We can pull that old project out of a drawer and rework it.
We can read our prose aloud and hear what’s not working.
We can conjure up a new character we love – or really hate.
We can rewrite that one chapter that’s been a thorn in our side.
We can jot down notes about a fresh idea that excites us.
We can do some research that will enrich our world-building.
We can tackle that pesky revision we’ve been avoiding.
And if we make mistakes, then great — we’re on the road to success as we all write on!