Learn to embrace the bad

As a writer, we all know how hard writing is. It is so easy to fail and yet so difficult to get it right. But I realize that one phrase works for this and it is simply accepting that failure is a norm of everything.

And for writing, falling down is a good thing. Falling down teaches us what works and what doesn’t, and allows us to write better and become a better storyteller.

But it isn’t just that either. It is also the beginning. Because none of us would be here if we never started writing our first terrible novel, or our first idea. Most of these by most writer’s own admission, is terrible.

I admit that my first work was about a boy with a cursed console probably bringing him into the world. Yes, I’m not even kidding on how cliché it sounds. Because that’s where most writers starts.

Except we simply learn to get up and move on from these. I doubt any of my better ideas would come without me taking this plunge, and simply let things get messy. Simply let myself fuel my passion even of it ended up in nowhere but on an isolated corner of Wattpad.

But this allows us to embrace failure, rejection and criticism. Because we will still be getting those from readers even after we’re published and perhaps even after our own deaths. It is simply understanding that failure isn’t a bad thing.

Embracing it allows us to be more confident even when it’s hard. Especially when it’s rejection after rejection. But realizing that it’s flawed is simply the best way to move on.

Because we would understand intimately just why it failed, and learning first hand is always the best way to learn.

So, embrace the bad and our past works. All of them were lessons that we learned that we incorporated into our current works or perhaps the ones which get published.

2 thoughts on “Learn to embrace the bad

  1. Cliche can work, if done well. The important thing is developing the actual technical expertise of writing. I think there are a lot of folks out there that think you just have to have a good idea to break out as an author. No, first and foremost, you need to be a good writer. Criticism and rejection is all part of training that technical skill.

    1. Yes, I do admit that it is at the end of the day it is about the skill of the writer since I was reading a story with fantastic ideas but less then stellar execution that I really thought it was plotless at times.