"You see," I tell them, "if you don't save the first essay, you never all the way believe me when, at the end of the year, I compliment the growth you've made as a writer."
I'm about 3 1/2 weeks into the healing process for my broken hand. It still hurts often, it still restricts many of the things I want to do, or requires some ingenuity to re-learn how to do something. To say it is frustrating would be an understatement.
Yesterday, I was able to lift my laptop bag and hand it to my left hand. Minimal wincing. I could maneuver a knife through an apple and turn the key in the ignition.
It doesn't feel like I'm getting better because there are so many things I can't do.
But I am.
The reason they notice these things is because they have gotten better.
It is easy to be frustrated with writing. It is easy to notice all the things we haven't done, can't do.
It is easy to focus on the negative.
So, on this lovely first Wednesday of Autumn 2014, I want you to take a minute and think about how you have gotten better in the last week, month, season or year. Go ahead, celebrate the small victory. Post your accomplishments in the comments and I'll celebrate with you.
After all, the last three weeks have given me several opportunities to master the index finger clap.