When you’ve been a writer for years and years, you might have a feeling you’re the only one who knows what you’re supposed to say.
When you get that first rejection letter, you start to wonder if you should be there, if the writer is right to reject you, and whether the book is good enough.
It’s a daunting task, especially if you’ve never written anything like it before.
But, in fact, the best writers don’t need to be perfect.
They can make good, original, and interesting decisions about what they’re writing.
In fact, if you can do that, the rest of the book will feel like a breeze.
This article is part of the Globe & Mail’s Writing 101 series, a collection of advice on writing for the world.
All opinions are those of the author.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CBC or its editors.
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