Failure and Success In Writing

11 Jul

003Good morning my friends on this 11th day of July.  I hope this finds you well.

Today we are going to talk about failing as a writer.  Oh boy!  Just what we all need, a reminder that we will never be Harper Lee.  LOL

No, I promise this will end up uplifting, or inspirational, or at the very least painless.


My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
Abraham Lincoln 

 Leave it to Old Abe to give things some clarity.  Writing is a great field to get into if you want to get in touch with failure.  Anyone who has ever submitted an article for publication knows about failure.  Anyone who has self-published a book knows about failure.

But is it really failure?  Just the act of writing a book is a success in my book.  Just having the guts to submit work is a success.  Just being willing to go public with your work is a success.  And just having the willingness to push forward despite the setbacks is an act of determination and yes, success.

Do not give up.  Learn from the rejections and keep trying.  I would hate to see you give up just before the miracle happens.


Topica has a list of writer’s critique groups where you can get constructive criticism of your writing.  You can find it here.


Let’s embrace failure and enter a contest.  Here’s one you might want to try.  The Porter Fleming Literary Competition is taking submissions now.  The cost is $15 per submission and you can find their guidelines here.


Explore Magazine takes quite a bit of work from freelance writers. They specialize in articles about outdoor activities, so if you are interested then you can find their guidelines here.



See it…..feel it….find inspiration from it….and then write!


I know of no other way to find success in writing than to write.  Keep writing.  Learn along the way, better your craft, and write some more.  There are no short cuts in this writing game.  You have to work for success.


I’m having internet issues so I’m going to cut this short and see if I can’t resolve those issues.  Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow.  As always, thank you so much for stopping by.  Remember, if you would like to guest blog on this site, just let me know, and if there is a subject you would like me to cover, just shout it out.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

10 Responses to “Failure and Success In Writing”

  1. Janine Huldie July 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Oh love your words of wisdom here, too. Thank you seriously for always telling it like it is, as well as you own positive spin. Hope your Internet issues get resolved and so close the weekend again, my friend!! 🙂

    • Billybuc July 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      So far today, Janine, there are no problems…crossing my fingers and hoping. 🙂 Thank you and enjoy your Thursday my friend.

  2. i'mkarn July 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Hmmmm…isn’t ‘contentment within failure’ already SUCCESS? lol..
    just sayin’…
    love ya..(sorry, it’s a smart-ass kinda day…lol)

    • Billybuc July 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Never apologize to me about a smart ass comment, Leslie…I was born and raised with daggers for teeth. 🙂 The better to bite you with my dear.

  3. ruchira July 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    I liked Abraham’s quote…although gotta admit that if I would become content with my failure…I will not rise and fight back thus, bow to failure but rise up and fight like a warrior.

    I like how you give information about writings on other platforms.

    Happy Thursday!

    • Billybuc July 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

      Thank you Ruchira. I have one of those weird personalities where failure is just added incentive to me. Good thing because I have had lots of practice. LOL Have a wonderful evening.

  4. mommyincolor July 11, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    I would love to guest blog for you!!!

  5. Melanie Chisnall July 12, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Bill, I hate failing. I grew up (still am a bit) as a real goody goody in school and at home, so whenever I got in trouble for small things or called out, I felt like my world was going to come crashing down and I’d burst into tears. It’s still taking me some getting used to, I’ll admit – but I’m getting there! The great thing about failures is that it makes you want to try harder. I almost always push further than what I thought I could, just so that I can prove someone else wrong. Great post and happy weekend!

    • Billybuc July 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Mel, thanks for your honesty and I think you speak for a great many people. Failure can be crushing, and it definitely can affect our psyches….and then we writers must face it almost daily, and face it alone…..and that really plays with our heads. 🙂

      I love your honesty and willingness to share your thoughts. Thank you!

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