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So, how does it feel to be a failure?
Strangely…not that bad.
I’m not really counting myself a failure. I mean, okay yes in the technical sense I am an EPIC failure. I have written many books – and published them and promoted them and paid for editing and covers and blog tours – and yet I am not a very high-selling or popular author. Most of my books have at least paid for themselves, many have turned a very good profit, but a few have been total failures.
But here is what I have learned: It’s okay.
“Failing” actually has some decent benefits.
- It has forced me to decide why I am doing this, and if I really want to continue.
- I’ve learned a lot about what works, and what totally doesn’t.
- I’ve also learned who I can depend on, and who isn’t worth my time.
- I’m no longer afraid of failing.
The last one is probably the most important. I definitely don’t WANT to fail ever again, but I’m positive that I can survive it if it happens. And I know that even if a book does very poorly, or I get a bad review, or I lose all my writing friends, I will still write, and publish, and try my very best.
So I am an insecure writer, in a lot of ways. But failing is not a part of that. All my published books (successes AND failures) have improved my writer confidence by giving me more knowledge, more experience, and a clearer view of the market and my place in it.
How have you dealt with failure? Has it ever happened to you? What do you consider a failure, and what would it take for you to think of yourself as a successful writer?