University of Maryland - College Park
Writing and Failure
If you could do anything at all without failing, what would it be?
The concept of failure has never consciously affected what I aim to achieve, or the manner in which I achieve it. It is a given in life that failure will come as easily as success; in my own life, I simply strive to succeed as much as possible. However, there are things which frustrate me from time to time. My writing, though it is often a source of great creative output, can be devastatingly challenging to bring fully to completion. I will often produce ideas of magnificent and grandiose breadth, yet finding the will and the determination to reach these lofty goals will sometimes fail me. Therefore, the one thing which I would want to be able to do more than anything, without the possibility of failure or simple exhaustion lurking behind me, is to write out all of my ideas, and to publish them as novels for the whole world to read.
I attempted to begin this process by writing my first piece which could be considered more than a short story, a 50,000 word science-fiction novel. I attempted to explore my characters with careful depth through both their actions and thoughts in each page of the work, carefully balancing action with introspection. However, I found with each passing day of writing that my words were more difficult to...
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