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 your failure like a boss so you can seriously further your writing career!
If you’ve ever looked at a recent project, creative attempt or – hey, let’s be honest – scale and thought to yourself Why bother? I’ll never amount to anything anyway …
Then you’re not alone. In fact, you’d be on an island if you hadn’t had those thoughts.
Because we all have: the thick, icky glom of shame that comes with failure, and that seems to reach its grasping Gollum-y fingers far past the failure itself, and into the rest of your life.
Telling you you’re worthless. Telling you it was all pointless.
You know it does. Whether you’re a writer, artist or just plain Person Who Wants to Accomplish Things, this feeling is basically as normal as breathing. Because we fail. Plain and simple.
Now it’s time to discuss how we should experience that failure. Because it is inevitable, and it will come.
The following is a sneak peek of my book Get the Hell Past It: How to Recover from Failure with Grace, Dignity and Possibly Some Cash, from my series, Weenie-Proofing the Artistic Brain. Like most creatives, I’ve experienced a lot of failure in my life, but I’ve also learned how to deal with it.
This book is my attempt to pass on the best lessons I’ve learned to you. If you’d like a glimpse of the book’s content, read on.
From the preface:
If you have a pulse and the IQ of a tomato, at a minimum, you have experienced an unpleasant little Fact of Life that we all love to hate.
Usually, I would make a “and we all hate to love” quip here, but alas, I cannot. No one hates to love this or, in fact, loves it in any way whatsoever.
Because the topic at hand is how to recover from failure. And failure, plainly put, blows. Fiercely.
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 your creative failure like a boss!
I’m a real sucker for young adult books, especially fantasy.
One of my absolute favorite tropes is when Young Girl or Boy walks into Destroyed Village Where Parents and All Other Loved Ones Have Been Soullessly Murdered by Bad Guys and meanders slowly through the ashes, only to eventually stumble upon his/her own former home.
It’s not enough to get clients.
I mean, it is. It’s awesome. I love my clients – mostly, anyway. And those I don’t love don’t stay clients for long.
Thing is, though, it gets exhausting if you have nothing but turnover. Even a client who pays a lot for a project still requires lots of time and emotional energy to onboard, and if they end up in One-Hit Wonderland (see what I did there?), it’s disappointing.
My preference: Clients that want to work with me for life, and to whom I want to devote my whole heart and soul.
Let’s talk about how to get lifelong clients … and keep them.
The writing life is a hard one, especially when you’re first getting started.
Like, hard hard. If you’re reading this post, then I don’t need to tell you that. You already know all about the disillusionment, frustrated determination, long hours, nighttime projects when you’d rather watch Netflix, and so on.
The good news? It’s such a rewarding one as well.
Whether your goal is to become a freelance writer like me, a blogger talking about food or books, an author or anything else, you will only feel truly happy once you’ve made the commitment to the writing life.
In order to do so fully, though, you’ve got to make sure this life is even for you. Here are seven signs it is.
You, like me, probably struggle to find blogging ideas sometimes.
If you’re a book reviewer, you probably want to cover something other than a book review once in a while. If you’re a blogger writing about writing, well, it’s not always interesting to write about writing now is it??
So today, I’m here with a super-short list of where to find other writing ideas.
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