A writer’s meditation: Stop resisting failure, stop fighting failure, stop fighting your resistance to failure
Writers, enough already.
Stop resisting failure and stop fighting failure and stop fighting your resistance to failure. All this fighting just adds a whole other level of energy-sucking, mood-killing and creativity-busting. We can also stop trying to think positive. And forget about star-reaching or being-like [fill in the blank]. We can, however, hold a goal very loosely (or forget it completely) and accept we need to do what writers need to do: write, revise, send.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and then—thank you, Universe—read this piece:
WHY YOU SHOULD AIM FOR
100 REJECTIONS A YEAR—KIM LIAO ON FLIPPING YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON SUBMISSIONS, AND FAILING BEST
which sums up the “why” a flip in perspective is so meaningful.
From the piece:
My ego resists mustering up the courage to submit writing to literary magazines, pitch articles, and apply for grants, residencies, and fellowships. Yet these painful processes are necessary evils if we are ever to climb out of our safe but hermetic cocoons of isolation and share our writing with the world. Perhaps aiming for rejection, a far more attainable goal, would take some of the sting out of this ego-bruising exercise—which so often feels like an exercise in futility.
I hope this helps you to stop fighting the resistance, too. —M