I saw this Robert Cormier quote over at Kim’s Write Shop blog and knew that I had to share it with the middle schoolers who come to our peer editing session. What a great reminder that our writing is flexible. It can and should change as we revise, edit, and proofread. There is no shame in making mistakes and having a very rough rough draft — as long as you keep working on it.
Now if we can only convince our teen writers that they are not brain surgeons!
It is a mentally challenging task to revise your own work, even after getting feedback from others. And it takes a lot of time, as Kim points out. But it is also highly rewarding to invest time into a piece that ends up being something you are truly proud of.
Besides the pretty graphic above, I made the quote into a printable, black and white mini-poster that you can use to inspire your young writer or yourself!
I hope that these words from a published author will encourage the tweens and teens I work with to be confident writers at all stages in the process.
[Robert Cormier is the author of The Chocolate War and other young adult novels.]