Being a writer is a funny thing. I suppose it all depends on who we are writing for. I suppose I am not making any sense at all as I try to collect my thoughts, so let me start at the beginning.
When writing is your passion, you often begin to write simply as an outlet for your random musings or creative ideas that are swimming around your head, where you write for no one but yourself. This can be quite lonely, speaking on the page only to yourself, so somewhere along the way, perhaps out of curiosity over what people will think, you may start to share some of what you have written with others, and if you’re brave enough, you may even elicit their feedback.
Over time, as your confidence builds in your writing abilities, you may perhaps begin to write with an audience in mind, hoping to win over the judges in a writing competition or the editor of a publication, or simply aspiring to entertain or bring about some positive benefit in your reader.
So in light of the possible journey many writers share, the question remains – how do you fail as a writer?
I believe I know how. It came in the form of a book very few people know about, an experiment that went wrong – that thankfully in our digital world was easy to swiftly erase from cyberspace. It was my second book, but the first in which I decided to write completely for the benefit of someone else – writing for the community of forex traders to whom I was a part of, sharing the common principles I had learnt from successful forex traders following years of research and study of their shared traits and processes, and application in my own trading.
So you may fail as a writer when your audience tells you that the objective you had set out to achieve – to move them, to benefit them – was not met. You especially fail in the form of one star reviews!
Nonetheless, while it may have been a failure from one perspective, fascinatingly, I believe this experience was very much a success from another – namely, from the perspective of being an entrepreneur.
Because when you are an entrepreneur, there is a concept often shared among those who are most successful that, “There is no such thing as failure – only feedback.”
Furthermore, it is often through this feedback that far greater successes are eventually arrived at, more than what would have previously been possible.
So in the example of releasing my second book, “The 4 P’s to Forex Profits”, the feedback I received was that, the length and style of my book was simply not what the Amazon Kindle market was expecting, given ‘my competition’ sold books in that genre that were longer in length and ‘cheaper’ in price.
Furthermore, my success came in the knowledge I attained throughout the process of writing, editing and ultimately publishing this book on Amazon’s Kindle, a journey on which I discovered invaluable resources such as Fiverr, which allowed me to get a book cover designed to my exact specifications for the cost of only $5 (USD)!
Thus, this ‘failure’ can be seen as a success because of the new knowledge and skills I’ve gained, which can be applied towards future projects that may attract even greater successes, both as a writer and an entrepreneur.
So the next time you experience a ‘failure’, ask yourself, what did you gain from the experience that could evolve into greater triumphs?
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