Failure Is Not An Option In Writing

10 Jun

003Welcome back and I trust your weekend was restful.  Here we are on Monday, June 10th, and a new week of creating is at hand.

That’s what we do you know:  we create!  We bring to life words.  We take random thoughts and design beautiful patterns from them, and then we mold and shape them into language and present them as a gift to our readers.

Today we are going to talk about failure, and not allowing fear of failure to defeat you, and not allowing disappointment to turn you away from this gift of writing.


In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Bill Cosby

I have several friends who quit their jobs to write full-time.  You know who you are, and you also know that I did the same thing almost three years ago.  Scary?  Oh my God, yes it is scary.  Tossing aside a regular paying job and jumping into the literature life boat only to find out the boat is leaking….yes, I understand completely.  There are days you can’t bail out the water fast enough and it seems like you will surely sink.

There are days when friends and family question your sanity, and there are days when you can’t seem to find a paying gig.

You cannot give up!

Try this tip out.


Look back on your writing career to date.  What has worked and what has not worked?  Try to replicate those things that worked, and for those that failed, try to figure out why they failed. In other words, if you have failed to land a magazine submission, then figure out why. Maybe it’s as simple as a poorly-written query letter.  Maybe you are not writing the style that is looked for by that magazine.

You need to change with the circumstances.  If something is not working then adjust or move on to something else.

I say this with all honesty, so listen up.  To those who have quit your jobs to take this gamble, and I know exactly which of you have done that….you are good writers with talent.  You have what it takes to be successful….you just haven’t found the right combination yet.  You have to trust me on my assessment and believe in yourselves.  Don’t quit before the miracle happens!


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Yes, here it is….the message of the day….hope!


I have ideas that need a life, so it’s time to go.  No sites to refer you to today, and no contests. This was solely a cheerleading post today.  I want you all to be successful, no matter how you define success.

Again….don’t quit before the miracle happens!


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

14 Responses to “Failure Is Not An Option In Writing”

  1. Janine Huldie June 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Wonderful message and truly just what many of us do need to hear from time-to-time!! Thank you Bill and Happy Monday!!

    • Bill Holland June 10, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      Thanks Janine and again, Happy Birthday to a special person.

  2. Audrey Howitt June 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    It always feels really good to read you first thing in the morning! Thanks Bill!

    • Bill Holland June 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      Audrey, that is a lovely compliment. Thank you!

  3. sarragarrett June 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    You are absolutely correct in saying “Failure is not an option”. Whether it be in our writing or in life. You already know I’m not a quitter as we all learn by our mistakes. Mistakes are good because they help us grow inside. Love your posts Bill, you are a great inspiration to those of us who are new to freelancing and for that a huge Thank You.

    • Billybuc June 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Hello my friend! I want us all to succeed, and if it takes a little inspiration in the morning then you can count on me. Keep doing what you are doing my friend and success will be yours. Thank you for the visit.

  4. katstrat June 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Bill, as much as we like your sites and contests, encouraging those freelancers is a much more important task, and I am happy you did that. Whoever they are, I wish them luck, and I hope they don’t give up! I can only imagine how difficult it must be, but you are an example of how it can be done.
    Have a happy Monday!

    • Bill Holland June 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Kathryn, we all need a boost from time to time….even me. 🙂 Thank you my friend and I hope you are having a wonderful day so far.

  5. pictimilitude June 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    I love this post! It’s not been the easiest journey this year but I am finally progressing. Wheeee! I have had to learn so much along the way. Like marketing. Holy moly I was not doing NEARLY enough but I’m getting it figured out. Thanks for the inspiration as always BB. 🙂

    • Bill Holland June 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      Always my pleasure, Cyndi. You are amazing!

  6. ruchira June 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Another inspiring piece, Bill

    I am confident my week will go well 🙂

    Thank you!

    • Bill Holland June 10, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

      Ruchira, then it will. 🙂 Blessings to you my friend and thank you.

  7. Melanie Chisnall June 11, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    I love getting my daily dose of sanity, inspiration, and creative motivation here! Thanks Bill, you are doing so well with this blog and I’m so glad you decided to start it. Thanks to Bev too for pushing you in this direction a bit as well 😉 I still can’t believe how much there is to learn about writing and being a writer. I’m learning so much about myself and the writing world, and yes – still trying to discover my writing niche. I’ll get there, I know it. And I’ll feel like giving up some days like everyone else. But I’ll keep pushing and keep exploring and keep getting back up. And when I’m really lost, I’ll head over here and reread some of your blogs to get me back up and running!

    • Bill Holland June 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Mel, I start my day with a great comment from you and I love it…I would miss it if you suddenly disappear. You give it everything, even on a comment, and I respect that. My hub tomorrow reflects how I feel about writing and writers like you who give it all. Thank you!

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