Tuesday, February 2, 2010


One of the things that makes me feel frustrated is when I make lots of mistakes. When I read and I make a lot of mistakes, I get really frustrated because I want to know all the words. I don't want to ask my mom all the big words. I wish I could figure those out on my own and not ask her for help. Also, writing is frustrating when I leave off the endings of words. Endings are kind of important. When my mom comes to help me edit, lots of my mistakes are the endings of words. I always feel frustrated about making lots of mistakes.


Leslie Gates said...

Hi Abby,

I like this post. I also get frustrated when I make mistakes. I found this quote and thought I would share it with you:

"“What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning - and some of them many times over - what do you find? That you can swim? Well - life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!”

Alfred Adler

Jennifer said...

Hi Abby --

I used to "blip" over the words I did not understand and often I would give them a definition that made sense in my mind -- but was not really what the word meant --

So, go ahead and ask, or grab a dictionary to figure it out.

And it is very good that you have someone who is there to help. No one should ever edit their own material...we always miss mistakes that other people see.

I want to say thanks for being so open on your blog posts. We all are learning together, aren't we?


Jeannine St. Amand said...

Hi Abby,

I get frustrated when I make mistakes too. I find I make more mistakes when I'm in a hurry. Of course, when I'm in a hurry I have even less time to find and fix my mistakes. So I try to do my writing when I have lots of time to think about what I want to say and what words I want to use.

Even though you don't want to ask your mom for help all the time, I can tell you (because I'm a mom) that mom's love to help their children with big words. If you practice a lot perhaps some day you will know words that even your mom would have to look up!

Keep writing - you have a great blog.

Linc. said...

Hey, Abby--

I, too, know the frustration of making mistakes in writing. A lot of the problem is the brain getting ahead of the hands, I find!

But as others point out, most mistakes are very useful because we learn so much from them. And our process of revising helps us say things a lot more clearly than our first attempts.

Most of my writing goes through eight revisions, as well as review by someone else (usually Gma F.), before I submit it to an editor. Rarely do editors find anything else to change or edit after that.

So, I guess my message to you is; CHERISH YOUR MISTAKES! The
improvement that they make is well worth the frustration they cause.

Much love.

YeYe F.

Anonymous said...


I used to get really frustrated and upset when I was your age because I am a really bad speller. I finally accepted this about myself only a few years ago. Now I don't care! I ask my students and friends for help spelling words. Once I realized this is just who I am and didn't worry anymore things felt better:)

Good luck,

Anonymous said...

Abby, You know the cool part about learning to write and spell is I know you can do it and will get better and better as time goes on. All you can do for now is take your time and it will happen.
Uncle Mike

Aunt Martha said...

Hi Abby:

I get frustrated too. I get in too big of a hurry to get done and then I make mistakes.

Then I forget to proofread what I just wrote. It is easy to read over something you just wrote and miss the mistakes. Sometimes it is better to wait to finalize your writing until you have a chance to read it again in a little bit.

Aunt Martha

The Dukes said...

I like that you are aware of the specific thing you do- leaving endings off words- that frustrates you. Sometimes half the battle is figuring out just what we need to work on. I know your resourceful parents have lots of strategies to help you improve in the areas you have identified together as problems. Just remember, though, that even the strategies have to be practiced- they're not shortcuts!

The Dukes said...

P.S. When I read the first Harry Potter book, the name Hermione confused me but I didn't want to ask for help so I just decided for myself that it was pronounced "Herm-wan" as if it were a French name. I was totally wrong. I saw the movie and I kept thinking "Her-my-o-knee" wasn't in the book!! Hahaha!