We are in the home stretch of NaNoWriMo. This year it is looking like I will “win” with at least 50,000 words.
But the last year I attempted it I “failed”, and I started knowing that I probably would.
If you are looking at your word count and wondering if it was worth it to even try, let me assure you that it is. Well, me and Ray Bradbury.
Be Willing To Fail
One of the keys to success is being willing to fail.
Ray Bradbury said, “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”
But that means that you will write some bad short stories. What is implied in this quote is that you will fail, and you need to do it anyway.
Practice Does Not Make Perfect
What stops you from doing something that you want to do? You know you have time, you know you have the ability. Why do you still sit and do nothing?
Fear that what you’re doing will not be perfect.
Fear of failure.
You may write a bad short story. Or maybe a bunch of them. Whatever you’re doing, you’re going to mess up. And that’s OK.
You have permission to fail! And that is what frees you to get work done.
What Ray Bradbury understood was that failure isn’t permanent unless you stop trying. One bad story doesn’t make you a bad writer. Keep writing.
Practice Makes Better
If you let yourself learn from each failure, then failing isn’t really failing at all. It’s just growing.
The more you let yourself fail the better you are setting yourself up for success. It’s when you learn from each failure and let that shape what you do that you succeed.
Successful writers are not perfect writers. Those writers failed over and over again. But they didn’t give up. They kept working. They kept writing. They continued to hone their craft. And they succeeded.
Fail as many times as it takes to succeed. That’s what this quote means.
Bradbury had a lot of solid advice for writers that is applicable to life in general. For an article with more of his writing advice go here.
Do you have a favorite quote about writing? Let me know in the comments!