Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
It’s been two years since my last post, though I’ve visited this blog several times just looking for whatever inspiration I had back when I first created it. I still haven’t found it. Back then I was doing cartwheels, I was filled with such excitement over the prospect of finally writing my first novel. I wanted to share that excitement with the world. But then life happened. Or I should say I happened.
I have a tendency to stand in my own way when I write. But I know I’m not the first artist to do so. We put so much pressure on ourselves to perform, and to perform well. We are so afraid that we will produce something terrible or mediocre that we end up not producing anything at all.
It’s got to stop. I’m saying this to both you and me.
Afraid of being a failure? You can’t fail at something if you don’t begin it in the first place. Besides: Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
We learn from our mistakes. We see when something isn’t working one way, so we start over with different tactics. And over…and over… until we finally accomplish the goal. We are not omniscient. We don’t know everything. (I may not know everything, but no one needs to know that, right?) So, we have to try, and try again. We can’t learn anything if we never make those mistakes.
Therefore, if you’ve got a project that’s sitting around untouched and unfinished, pick it up again. If you have an idea, outline, manuscript or some other project, even if it’s not artistic, dust it off and make it a new beginning. And do it for you, no one else. Act like you are the only one in the world who is going to see it.
In Steven King’s book On Writing, he wrote:
Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right — as right as you can, anyway — it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it.
So, let’s begin…again. Let make some mistakes. And since it’s just us, in our own creative space alone, let’s have fun while we do it!