The Difference Between Failure and Not Meeting Your Writing Goals

Novelty Revisions

Every writer fears failure.

Maybe that’s because we define too many things as failures.

Saying you’re going to write a book and never writing a single word of it? Yeah, that’s failing.

Writing a first draft of a book, revising it, trying to get it published and never landing a deal? I personally don’t consider that failing at all.

To fail, you either have to stop trying or never bother trying in the first place.

Maybe you had time to write but didn’t use it. Ideas, but didn’t pursue them. Opportunities, but didn’t chance them.

That’s not the same thing as doing everything in your power and control to make success happen, only to fall short of the goals you originally set for yourself.

In this case, you made the time. Pursued the ideas. Chased opportunities. And still, what you wanted to happen just did not happen.

That is not…

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