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Writing Lessons from Snoopy

27 Jun

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As writers, I think we could learn a lot from Snoopy.

Here’s this dog — created by Charles Schulz for his famous comic Peanuts — who finds a typewriter and just goes to town with his imagination. There are plenty of comic strips where he’s trying out his stories, showing them to the other characters to get feedback, and sending them out to publishers.

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Even if, you know, the result isn’t what he wants. Nevertheless, he persists, even when he’s having bad writing days.

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You could always count on Snoopy breaking out his typewriter again to write, ever with the famous first line, “It was a dark and stormy night.” He took time to experiment with genres, switching it up once in a while to try science fiction, mystery, an autobiography, and even adventure stories with a beginning like, “He was a dark and stormy knight.”

No matter how many rejections from publishers, Snoopy always continued writing. He’d get tips and praise from the other characters — and the occasional snide comment or joke about his writing — doing his best to learn and grow with the critique but always staying true to his own style. To continue writing despite doubt, to continue writing what we want to write, to continue writing because we love it…

It’s why we became writers, isn’t it?

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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Home

 

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2 responses to “Writing Lessons from Snoopy

  1. tahenryauthoress

    June 27, 2017 at 10:14 am

    “I was fooled by the job description.” ROFL. Ain’t that the truth.

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  2. Jay Borenstein

    June 29, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Yes, this, all of this. I have such a soft spot for Peanuts. Good Grief.

    Liked by 1 person

     

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