Mistakes and Choices

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“Making mistakes is part of learning to choose well. No way around it. Choices are thrust upon us, and we don’t always get things right. Even postponing or avoiding a decision can become a choice that carries heavy consequences. Mistakes can be painful-sometimes they cause irrevocable harm-but welcome to Earth. Poor choices are part of growing up, and part of life. You will make bad choices, and you will be affected by the poor choices of others. We must rise above such things.”

-Brandon Mull, Keys to the Demon Prison

Thanksgiving Day Writing Exercise

(Just for fun if you have time between the big meal and the pie.)

Brainstorm thirty things you are grateful for. Some examples are the turkey, family members, a house, freedom, books, health or technology. There are so many things to be grateful for that this shouldn’t be hard. Right?

Now choose five of those things to take away from the protagonist of whatever novel or story you are working on. How does that change their life? Their perspective?


“I’d like to emphasize that when a reader finishes a great novel, he will immediately begin looking for another. If someone loves your book, it increases the chance that he or she will look at mine. So there is no competition between writers. Another writer’s success helps build a larger readership for all of us.”

-David Farland