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Free To Fail

I enlisted the help of several authors who knew something of fame in their work, yet surprisingly had much to say about failure. In truth, these authors aren�t answering the specific questions I pose, but their wisdom in the field of writing is worth considering.

We will start with a question writers will often ask themselves or others about their craft and then review an applicable quote from a noted author.

Just the thought of submitting my work to a publisher makes me a nervous wreck, what if they don�t like it?

�If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.� -- Woody Allen

I�ve always felt as if I have to write the best possible story every time I sit down to write. Is that healthy?

�If you don't allow yourself the possibility of writing something very, very bad, it would be hard to write something very good.� -- Steven Galloway

Do you think I should just keep my manuscript and revise until I�m satisfied with it?

�The story is always better than your ability to write it. My belief about this is that if you ever get to the point that you think you�ve done a story justice, you�re in the wrong business.� -- Robin McKinley

What if an article I have written turns out to be substandard?

�You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday.� -- Jonathan Swift

Do you think I will ever get used to receiving rejection slips?

�It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. Do not then be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.� -- Henry Ward Beecher

What if I keep working at my writing, but never become rich and famous?

�Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.� -- Ray Bradbury

These well noted authors experienced the same defeat and rejection you have, yet they refused to give up. Becoming a success in writing is rarely overnight and is typically a subtle move from small success to another small success. The compounding of those little, seemingly insignificant events are the ones that will most likely have meaning in retrospect.

Submitted by:

Scott Lindsay

Scott Lindsay is a web developer and entrepreneur. He is the founder of FaithWriters (http://www.faithwriters.com) and many other web projects. FaithWriters has grown to become one of the largest online destinations for Christian writers. Please visit the website at: http://www.faithwriters.com


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