Failing Out Loud

I remember the day I officially launched my writing blog. I went to Facebook and created a post telling everyone where to find me. Then with my finger hovering over the mouse to click post, fear paralyzed me. I realized that from the moment I told everyone I was, and still am, a writer that they would closely watch everything I do. My writing life would be made public. Every success and—gasp—failure would be on display for the entire world to see. It’s no wonder I hesitated.

Then my dear aunt told me to go for it. So I did. What a roller coaster ride it’s been as I dealt with the good and bad of the writing life. I worked hard, did everything right, and my novel didn’t get published. All I could think of was that I had failed out loud in front of everyone. I berated myself for not keeping my goals secret. Why, oh why did I open my mouth and declare that I was a writer?

I spent a lot of time pondering that question as well as many others that threatened to destroy my writing life and my confidence. Thankfully, I kept writing. At times it was painful, but I found I couldn’t stop. When it became too tough, I read. I also cried, begged, and pleaded with God to either help me get published or take away the desire to write. So far, neither has happened. I’m not sure if that’s a good sign or not, so I’ll keep writing.

Then I came across Heather Webb’s article on Writers in the Storm titled A Writer’s Lessons in Failure. It was as if she had written for my heart alone. I simply had to share what Ms. Webb conveyed so eloquently because it inspires hope. It reminds us that we—the creatives— are not alone. I hope her perspective toward handling failure will encourage you to keep trying, failing out loud if necessary, if for no other reason than to satisfy your soul.

10 responses

  1. In this regard, I am reminded of others who have “failed”, later to acknowledge the value of failure.

    No one wakes up in the morning and proclaims “what can I fail in today”. “I wanna fail today”…

    Expressing his thoughts and recollections on the matter, I believe Edison stated he had found a thousand ways not to invent the light bulb, or something very similar to that.

    Mark Twain said had he known writing a book would be so much trouble he wouldn’t have done it.

    Only a fool would claim to have never failed.

    Try nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

    Having made that proclimatiin, If I fail at gathering the necessary papers together today for the upcoming national dead line …

    Thank you for your message.

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  2. Heather you have not failed as you are a very talented writer whose words touch those who reads them.You are a true master of your craft that brings your words to life that is seen by all with a beautiful story you paint beautifully with your words you paint brilliantly!I am blessed to know you and call you my friend!

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