Success is not a secret – and failure isn’t what you think it is.
Failure is NOT changing course.
Failure is NOT learning new things.
Failure is NOT making mistakes.
Failure is giving up. It’s choosing to lie down when you’ve fallen (or been tripped), accepting the fact that whatever-just-went-wrong is all that will ever be, alpha and omega, the end.
Creative People Are Dramatic
Look, I understand how it feels to see nothing is perfect. Nothing we ever produce is going to be without error, or somehow too good for improvement. That doesn’t mean it can’t be excellent.
By “excellence,” I do not mean “perfection.” I simply mean doing the best we can with what we’ve been given.
Stuff I’ve Learned Thanks to Indie Publication
- Creating requires discipline.
- It requires determination, sometimes in the face of very cruel criticism.
- It requires reading other people, learning what works and what doesn’t and analyzing why.
- It requires teachability – willingness to admit we don’t know what we’re doing, and willingness to learn.
- Most of all, however, it requires a word that does not exist: notquittingness.
Notquittingness defeats rejection. Notquittingness gets us keeps the writer going and focused, regardless of support. Notquittingness allows the writer to say, “okay, this scene doesn’t work, and I’m going to find out why if it takes the rest of my life.”
Notquittingness is something I have in droves. Maybe it’ll take me the rest of my life to make it where I want to be. Maybe it won’t. Either way, I am notquitting all the way to the end.