Permission to Fail from Louise Penny

The smell of fresh paper, pens, pink erasers: Back to school time is filled with potential. High hopes, the determination to finally get it together and finally get a bunch of As this year, and then at first gently and soon quickly reality bites and it is time to write those papers, submit those projects do anything to get it in on time and at least pass the course. Life is like a first draft. You do your best to get it right but some things just don’t quite work. Louise Penny, multi award winner, NYT best selling author has some advice. Give yourself permission to fail – at least with the first draft. She was interviewed by Mary Lou Finlay in August before a capacity audience at the Metro Reference Library in Toronto. She says she learned more about things from mistakes she made. Bad things can happen and sometimes you come through the other side and the miracle occurs…’

There’s a balance between discipline, and strangling the creative, guiding without throttling the characters.

So toss your inner critic. Write from joy and in your first draft give yourself permission to make mistakes. Thanks Louise!

Mary Lou Finlay and Louise Penney at Appel Salon Toronto, August 2014

Mary Lou Finlay and Louise Penny at Appel Salon Toronto, August 2014

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