Friday, March 30, 2012

Lessons Learned # 2 - Catch the ball before you run

In athletics, you'll see it happen all the time.  Someone has an easy opportunity to score, and they choke.  They were anticipating making the point and as a result made a silly mistake and missed the set up.

This happened to me as I worked on submission for an anthology called  King David & The Spiders from Mars: More Tales of Biblical Terror  

Right away, I knew I wanted to write about the Witch of Endor, so I jumped in head first and wrote the story - posted here.  Last night, I was reading through the call for submissions and realized 1- there was a Witch of Endor Story in the first Anthology and 2- The editor had already received 3 submissions.

It was a hard lesson to learn, but now I know that I should make sure I know exactly what I need to write before I begin. It seems intuitive in hindsight, but I'm still human. It's easy to get worked up and important to recognize when that happens you open yourself up to silly mistakes

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