From The Writer’s Devotional by Amy Peters, Sterling Publishing, 2012

 Half of being smart is knowing what you’re dumb at.
David Gerrold

Within days of seeing the 1966 Star Trek television series premiere, David Gerrold made a decision to submit a proposal for a two-part episode. The sixty-page outline was summarily rejected by Star Trek producer Gene L. Coon. Gerrold was undeterred. He sought out advice from experts, knowing that he was “dumb at” certain aspects of writing for television.

His perseverance was rewarded when Coon finally produced his episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles”. It became one of the most watched episodes of the popular series. Later, Gerrold’s novelette The Martian Child won Hugo and Nebula awards.

Never be afraid to ask for help. All writers, no matter how accomplished, continue to read for knowledge, to ask colleagues for advice, and to seek out thoughtful critics. Just as you wouldn’t expect to master a complicated  computer software program without any assistance, you shouldn’t expect to conquer the art  of writing without some support along the way.

Submitted by Barbara Cairns (SSRA Member)

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