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Why writing is better than brain surgery

Bad writing precedes good writing. This is an infallible rule, so don’t waste time trying to avoid bad writing. (That just slows down the process.) Anything committed to paper can be changed. The idea is to start, and then go from there.
Janet Hulstrand

Dazzle yourself. Write, create something!

Dazzle yourself. Write, create something!

This reminds me of a bit I on saw on Facebook today, essentially that writing is a more lenient career than say, brain surgery, where you only get one chance to do it right. (Make sure your doctor is experienced!)

That’s the beauty of any art, including writing. Do what you love and what works for you. What you create can’t be wrong, though each time you do it, you’ll learn something new.

What have you started?



Author: Laura S

Laura Salamy is a published author. Her essays and short stories have appeared in print and online. As the owner of The Polished Paragraph, she edits and proofreads other writers of all kinds. She is currently an assistant editor for the lit journal Fifth Wednesday, and she blogs on the fourth of every month for get born magazine. In her past life, Laura spent many years in the environmental, health and safety industry. She also worked for a non-profit completing grant applications and doing other "stuff." In her spare time, Laura creates colorful and less-than-traditional hooked rugs and mats. Many are "up-cycled" from old clothes, funky fabrics, and notions. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, a teenager (oh no!), and a very silly dogs.


  1. Actually, I have just finished a first draft for a story. I am going to let it sit for a bit and work on another story I had written as part of a flash fiction contest, which are held bi-monthly at this forum:

    I like to think I’ve learned a lot over the years, but I still find myself taking up sword and shield and battling off monsters like “Tell” and “Passive Verbs”, among others.

    I continue to learn and grow as a writer, and I always will. It is a journey that’s had its share of heartbreak and disappointment, but one I would not trade for anything. Writing is one of the major tent poles that makes me who I am.

    Once I have worked on my stories a bit (and gotten them beta-read ;) ), I will try to sell them. What will I start next? I’m not sure yet. But I know I’ll enjoy the ride.

  2. Passion makes all the difference, Paul. You’re a great example of that. (I like the tent pole metaphor.) Thanks for the link; I’ll definitely check it out.