Monday, February 20, 2017

Failing Your Way to Success


I'm a struggling writer currently failing my way to success.

That doesn't make me special.

On the contrary: apart from a few exceptions, that's how most writers make it. They write and delete and write and delete. Their work is repeatedly rejected, forcing them to hone their craft and develop new skills. This process is good and necessary.

That doesn't mean that it feels good and necessary. For the most part, it just feels like hard work.

But we all go through this process. Even of the greats.

Especially the greats. Ernest Hemingway wrote the end of A Farewell to Arms forty-seven times.
When he was asked by Paris Review interviewer George Plimpton what had been the reason for so many endings, Hemingway replied: “Getting the words right” (The Telegraph).
Hemingway produced a lot of wrong words on his way to finding the right ones. In short, he failed his way to success.

Whatever your endeavor, determine not to let failure claim you. Instead, claim it as your own.

Learn from it, grow through it, get past it.

Fail your way to success.


2 comments:

  1. This is so true. All of the greats have encountered the shame, the humiliation, and the elation of the writing, publishing process. F. Scott Fitzgerald was another.

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    1. It's really WAY HARDER than I expected. And I don't just mean the getting published part. I mean the WRITING PART! The learning curve is ridiculous, and it's so impossible to evaluate your own work and tell if it's any good. I constantly oscillate between THIS IS AMAZING and BURN IT WITH FIRE.

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