The reason many people will never find success in writing, or any other artistic pursuit, is very simple: rejection. It’s going to happen. You’re going to fail. You’re going to spend innumerable hours writing steaming piles of mastodon shit. And then, if you’re strong enough to keep going, you’re going to write something that to your mind is pure genius, that you know is at least better than some of the dreck you’ve seen while perusing the popular shelves at Barnes and Noble…and it’s going to be rejected. If you’re strong enough, you’ll pick up your work, dust it off, and try again. And it will be rejected. I’m a failure, you’ll wail. And you’ll be right.
And then, after that, if you’re strong enough, you’ll write something else, you’ll write even more, you’ll just keep shitting and shitting.
Eventually, if you’re strong enough, if you have a true fiery passion for what you do, you’ll see some success, maybe publish some things.
And then the next thing you do will be rejected.
Successful people are always failures first. And they continued to fail. It’s how he or she reacts to failure that makes him or her a success.
And so I’m officially declaring it now: I’m a failure!And I will continue to swim in my own shit, playing, discovering new shapes, sniffing a little, tasting, forming new shapes, uncovering secrets I never would have, had I given up the search and been afraid.
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