You know, that’s one thing about writing, or at least the craziness of being a writer -- the story rarely seems good enough to consider done. There’s always something to tweak.
Here below is the revision of a vignette I wrote earlier. It's a perfect example. The task for a writing workshop was to write about a challenge I had to overcome. My response was as follows:
Huh? Exa-what? Neither my high school chemistry class, nor my college “Physics for Poets” lectures had prepared me for this.
I read the passage over and over, then closed my eyes for a moment to quiet my mind and calm my fears. I began to write. I wrote and edited and wrote a bit more about the virtues, the features and the benefits of cold versus hot lasers when applied in heart surgery.
I wrestled with the words and struggled to make sense of the morass. My essay seemed to morph into wholly different narratives with each successive rewrite. Finally, I surrendered. I turned off the computer and succumbed to the notion that the task had been insurmountable.
A few days later the phone rang and a Ms. Kaminski said succinctly: “Hello Valerie. We have reviewed your application and would like to offer the staff writer position.”
Somewhere in all that writing and editing, I overcame the seemingly insurmountable challenge to understand complex new concepts, and landed a medical/health care writing position with Medical Data International. I worked for the company from 1996-98, until my position was ultimately eliminated when the workforce was downsized following the company's acquisition by IHS, Inc.
Since writing the laser story, I am again, on the dawn of a promising New Year. Now cancer-free, I am open to opportunities.
It is time to again rewrite my story.
(c) 2013 Valerie Williams-Sanchez. All Rights reserved.
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