Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Failure Isn't Everything

One of my favorite quotes ever (and unfortunately I can't remember where I heard it, a movie I think) is:

"If you're going to fail, fail spectacularly."

And no, that doesn't mean do a crap job. It means go for it. Don't hold back, or play it safe, in the hopes that you won't make a huge fool of yourself if you get it wrong.

If you shoot for the middle, all you'll get is mediocre. That and the knowledge that you could've tried harder but you didn't.

So the next time you sit down to write, or work out a plot, or anything else in life, ask yourself. Am I doing everything I can to make this great? Am I trying to make my story fit in with what everyone else is doing?

Is there a crazy idea you have for a story that in your gut, you know it could work, but you're afraid to try it? Are you shoving it aside to write something more mainstream/"now"/generic? Ask yourself it that's really what you want to do, and if it's not, go for it. And even if you fail, it will be the kind of glorious failure that shows your heart, and what's wrong with that?


  1. Thank you! You have no idea how much I needed to hear this today! It seems like sometimes it would be so much easier to just give up! That's quotes going to keep me going!

  2. Love this. It reminds me of one of my other fave quotes: "You miss 100% of the shots not taken." The quote was about hockey but it still applies. :)

  3. That's a great quote. One of the achievements I'm most proud of is failing to get my first book published. I gave it my all and failed all over the place. But guess what... now that I've gotten a taste of it, failure doesn't seem so scary the second time around. Bring it on.


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