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Sometimes with a new level on Angry Birds, I get lucky and nail all of the pigs with my first shot - - using one bird only. Sometimes ... I can use all of my birds and still not clear the level, and then those stinky little pigs laugh at me. Arrrgg. So, I try again. Sometimes it takes me a while to clear a level.
Then I was eating lunch with friends one day, and the wife explained how she only plays Angry Birds for fun. She doesn't care about her score or how many stars she earns. I realized I was a novice, because I didn't realize the star rating mattered. (I've only been playing the game for a few weeks.) My friend went on to explain that her husband not only plays for the high score, but he also won't move on to the next level until he's earned a three star rating.
I went home and replayed all of my previously cleared levels to make sure I had a three star rating on each one.
But then I got to thinking ... this is a lot like writing. Some writers get pretty lucky with their first manuscript, their first query letter, and their first editor. Some writers have to work hard and figure out the right path, overcome the obstacles, and keep trying to achieve their goals. Some writers are happy with just clearing the level and moving on. Other writers want a three star rating on each level.
What kind of writer are you? Does everything come easily on your first try? Are you happy just to finish? Or do you feel like you have to work harder at everything and earn the high score?