I just heard this commentary by Rob Walker on WYSO, our local public radio station. The piece talks about this new notion that in order to be a successful entrepreneur, you must embrace failure as more than necessary: false starts and falls are desirable. Something on which to capitalize, figuratively, and literally (if you can get some speaking engagements out of it, that is.) As I listened, I realized that this kind of failure is what I’ve been doing for a long time, as I practice writing.
Idea after idea, word after word, draft after draft will in some way fail. It will not be perfect, it might not even be good. And yet all these things build up to something, I hope, and get me where I am now. I have a blog. A few lovely people read it. I have gotten things published over the years. I have gotten heartbreaking, beautiful rejection letters (and phone calls!) from agents who adore my novel but cannot envision a way to sell it.
Serious writers know that we must continually fail in order to get something good. It’s interesting to me that other creative innovators are starting to talk about this. Maybe I need to find one of these entrepreneurs who wants to fail fabulously, see if she will love my novel, and publish it.