Within the past year, I revised my previous opinion on participation trophies. I had the realization that it is more important that one do the thing than that one win at the thing … because so few people bother to do the thing at all. I wholeheartedly concur with the advice here.
The first of Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling is this: Audiences admire a character more for trying than for succeeding.
Stop for a moment to consider that. Do they equate “trying” with “failing?” Not really.
Good news: Failure is not the opposite of success. It’s a stepping stone to success. There’s only one way to avoid failure: live so cautiously it’s not worth living at all. Do the opposite! Fail so often you have the best time of anyone you know!
We know this—the person who fails is much braver than the person who sits on the sidelines.
Writing teaches us the same thing. Put yourself out there. Allow yourself to fail. Because it’s the only way you’re going to learn and grow and succeed. Write the story. Query the manuscript. Post some flash fiction on your blog!
Don’t get me wrong, failure isn’t easy. It’s tough putting yourself out…
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