I really like this thread. It feels quite cathartic to have a place to vent about “failures” and to reflect on how we define and learn from them.
It’s amazing how easy the thought “I’m a terrible writer” can come unbidden into our minds. I had this exact thought today, just because there is an element of my book I haven’t figured out yet. What are we like?
I have to say, two quotes about failure (and success) which I often come back to, to keep me sane, are:
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
– Samuel Beckett
“…If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/
And treat those two impostors just the same…”
– Rudyard Kipling