Monday, May 26, 2014

Fail again. Fail better.

Do you have a novel in a drawer, a first novel (or a later one) that never saw the light of day? Tell us more.

by Meredith Cole

Yes. Doesn't every writer? Perhaps there are a few very prolific writers, who never wrote on spec, who finished every single thing they started. And got it all published. But I imagine they are few and far between.

Writing and trying new, brave things is part of a writer's job. Stay too safe and predictable and your book will end up dull. But brave new things don't always work. Especially when you're a newbie.

There's a quote that quite a few graduation speakers have been bringing out a lot this month, but I think it also applies here:

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

--Samuel Beckett

The real trick is to "fail better." To learn from every one of the novels that sits in a drawer (and perhaps should never see the light of day). And to write the next and the next. Bravely failing each time.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
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Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
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6 comments:

Paul D. Marks said...

Agree with you, Meredith. We need to learn from all those novels gathering dust in the desk drawer. Good piece.

Meredith Cole said...

Thanks Paul! I'm looking forward to what people have to say this week on the blog. It's a great topic.

RJ Harlick said...

I too totally agree with you, Meredith. Very apt advice from Samuel Beckett.

Alan Orloff said...

I've gotten very good at failing.

Alan Orloff said...

I've gotten very good at failing.

Susan C Shea said...

"Fail better." What a wonderful quotation!