Writing failure


If you want to celebrate National Writing Day today, a bit of embracing failure might be called for…

  • As Kandinsky says,Everything starts with a dot.” Sometimes the hardest thing in writing a story is where to start. You don’t need to have a great idea, you just have to put pen to paper. Start with a bad idea, start with the wrong direction, start with a character you don’t like, something positive will come out of it’.” – Marion Deuchars, illustrator and author of Let’s Make Some Great Art
  • Use anger to drive forwards, to complete and improve your work. Every bully or doubter who has sparked anger in your chest has generously donated fuel to your writing fire. Prove them wrong.” – M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy
  • Give yourself permission to be terrible. There’s nothing more paralysing than trying to write a perfect novel in one draft. Do your best to turn off your inner editor and just write. Everything can be fixed later! – Sarah Rubin, author of Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue