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Make an error? Get it right if you want to get better

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This Labor Day weekend found me at the ball fields watching my son take part in a three-day baseball tournament.

(Flickr: Jim Larrison)

(Flickr: Jim Larrison)

My weekends are often spent like this. There are worse things than sitting in the sun, munching on nachos and slurping down an ice cold beverage, I suppose.

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Writers who are sports fans know what a rich and fertile ground the sports world is for inspiration.

There are heroes and villains; winners and losers; and moments that thrill and others that devastate.

One theme that arose this weekend is a common one. A defensive player drops the ball for an error.

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It’s the kind of mistake that can get in a player’s head, rattle him and spur a string of errors.

As it always seems to happen, that player can be guaranteed that the ball is going to come right back to him on the next play.

If he fails to make that play, he can be assured that the next batter is going to smack a line drive his way – again.

Life is like that. It finds a way to force you to recognize your mistakes and correct them.

Have you ever experienced such a thing?

Consider this: perhaps you have received a slew of rejections from editors or agents that all have the same critique – lacking character development, scattered narrative or a lackluster opening chapter.

Whatever the feedback, make sure you address it once and for all. It’s the only way to grow and continue to advance your skills as a writer. If you don’t, you can be certain that the “ball” will keep coming back to you until you finally make the play.

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at EducatedWriter.com and founder of Breeze Media & Communications. Learn more about her at kerrismabee.com.

Kerri S. Mabee

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