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Give Yourself Permission to Fail

My latest column over at YAAYNHO (YA Authors You've Never Heard of) is called, Give Yourself Permission to Fail. It's a short sweet look at the fear of rejection.

At the risk of sounding big-headed, I must say I'm rather pleased with this one.

If you'd like to read it, here's the link: http://gourl.gr/dzb



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bogwitch64
Oct. 24th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
You know what I say to that, so I don't really have to say it, right...you know...it starts with Mmmmm...odesty...

:)

Going over to read. Now if you would just move your head...
jongibbs
Oct. 24th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Lol :P
phoenixfirewolf
Oct. 24th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
commented :)
jongibbs
Oct. 24th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Julie :)
wordsrmylife
Oct. 24th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
If I didn't already agree with every word, I'd say your post was inspiring. I work with college-age, aspiring writers (they are majoring in Professional Writing, not English or Journalism), and I do notice a fear of failure in some of them. The ones who do best, though, are the ones who take risks with their writing, who stretch, who aren't complacent about their talent.

I tell them, honestly, there's nothing better than failing, and failing big time, to get you over your fear of failure.
jongibbs
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
...there's nothing better than failing, and failing big time, to get you over your fear of failure.

That and an acceptance from somewhere you almost didn't submit to because you thought you had no chance :)
lavericknine
Oct. 25th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
Good job on the article. It's encouraging.

Though.... I'm kind of cynical. It's impossible to please everyone. If a writer tries too hard to improve his/her writing to every different editors style it'll butcher the writing. Whether or not a book does well depends a lot on advertising. How else could a disaster like Twilight be published? Even fans will point out its flaws... I suppose for a publishing company they have to know that they can market the book. That could be based on more than how good the writing is.... it could be timing, trends and number of selling factors...
jongibbs
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
True enough, but it's well-nigh impossible to succeed in writing if you aren't willing to risk rejection, wouldn't you say?

As for books with flaws, I think all books are a bit like friends. We like them despite their flaws, not because they have none, but just like friends, something we might barely even notice might be considered a 'deal-breaker' by someone else.
lavericknine
Oct. 26th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
Yes, that's very true!
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