The following post is an excerpt from my new book, Get the Hell Past It: How to Recover from Failure with Grace, Dignity and Possibly Some Cash. If you enjoy this section, I strongly recommend you pick up the book and learn more on the secret to writing well, as well as how to face creative failure like a boss!
Failure is real, and you cannot escape it. The following is one of the most powerful stories I’ve ever heard on the subject, so I wanted to share it with you.
The following post is an excerpt from my new book, Get the Hell Past It: How to Recover from Failure with Grace, Dignity and Possibly Some Cash. If you enjoy this section, I strongly recommend you pick up the book and learn to use failure as motivation like a boss!
Failure is a kind of motivation if you can strike while the iron is hot.
It’s like taking a test. Would you take the class, then take the test a year later? No, you take the test right away.
Well, your failed attempt was the class. The test is this: Can you learn to correct what went wrong? If you “take that test” by restarting right away, you have a much better chance than if you wait. Give it 3 months, 6 months or a year, and you’re much likelier to make the same mistakes over again.
The following post is an excerpt from my new book, Get the Hell Past It: How to Recover from Failure with Grace, Dignity and Possibly Some Cash. If you enjoy this section, I strongly recommend you pick up the book and learn to face feeling creative failure like a boss!
If you live in the same dreamland as I, your fantasies are filled with the ability to face adversity with a gentle and sanguine Acceptance of What Is. No matter what happens – failure, rejection, fear, pain, DMV lines – you simply smile and shrug, waiting for the inevitable to wrap you in its not-so-sweet embrace and carry you off to wherever the hell it has in mind for you.
While you, meantime, fold your hands into prayer position and bow your head with a soft smile.
Namaste, Good Friend Adversity, you will say. We are all one in the great wheel of suckery we call life, and I love you as my sister.
Doesn’t that sound nice? Wouldn’t that be a cozy, Mother Teresa-ish way to live?
Hard work is turtles all the way down.
Now, if you’re not familiar with this expression, it refers to the ancient idea that the world is supported on the back of a turtle, which is in turn supported by a larger turtle, under which is a larger turtle, which is standing on a larger (and presumably Schwarzenegger-strong at this point) turtle, and so on. Turtles all the way down, man.
Again, work is a lot like that.
That annoying-but-entrepreneurially-necessary chore you did today depending on a skill set or knowledge bank you built yesterday, or last week or two years ago or in high school. That particular skill set was founded on other skill sets, which rest on still others.
So you want to write, but you’re not sure how to start the habit. No matter what you, it seems you can never develop a writing practice that actually sticks.
Duty calls. Work exhausts you. Kids and meals and Netflix all make Sitting Down and Doing the Thing sound so hard.
I get it. I’ve been there. And before I actually decided to start a writing practice, I was always flailing, hoping to find time but never doing it … because I wasn’t making it.
Oh, and before you conclude it was easy for me because I write full-time, know that even after I accomplished that, it was extremely difficult for me to make time for aspirational writing. So again, I do know what you’re going through.
That said, here’s how I made time for my fiction and nonfiction books, and how I make sure to write something for myself every single day.
Writing is a frustrating profession, especially when you want to write for yourself.
Like, very frustrating.
You want desperately to spend more time at your keyboard or in your notebook. You want to pen words that really mean something to you. You want to write for yourself.
Yet you don’t. You work for someone else. Perhaps as a freelance writer, perhaps as a journalist at a small paper, perhaps as someone in another field altogether. And you can’t figure out how to make the jump.
Luckily, there is hope. Below are four of the best ways to make writing for others profitable for your own writing.
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