Gavin Liddell

How does a trucker become a published author?

Failure

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Journey | 7 comments

During the years of our education failure is clearly defined for us.

It’s the difference between right and wrong. Yes and no. It was marked in percentages and letters.

No middle ground.

Failure had negativity driven straight through its heart. It was tangible. You could feel it.

Don’t. Fuck. Up.

If you did fail there would be all sorts of “consequences”.

The job you dreamed of would now be beyond your reach. (What total guff)

You might be forced to repeat an exam or, if you really failed big time you would have to repeat the year.

You might not get accepted into university.

A load of fear mongering if you ask me.

Whilst writing my book I’ve thought a lot about failure and what it might be. And I’ve come to this conclusion:

The only way I can fail is if I don’t finish writing my book.

That would be my failure.

Sure, if it doesn’t get published I’d be disappointed, but I’m ready to accept that. The amount of variables in the world of publishing means it would be hard to pinpoint why it never made it. Everything from the time of year (romance novels are huge in February) and what’s fashionable to my manuscript landing on the wrong editor’s desk. Who knows?

Other writers might deem not getting published as a failure. And maybe it would be for them.

My point is that you determine what “failure” might be. Not anyone else.

Naomi and I always run from the same set of rules:

If you can handle the worst possible outcome, then anything else on top of that is cream.

So if, when I’m finished my book and the only copy has to rest on my bookshelf waiting for the day my son is old enough to read it, then I’m super happy with that.

What will I do if that happens?

I’ll start writing my second book.

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Spot on Gavin, people define failure in ridiculous amounts of ways, but when I look at my boy, it matters not one jot, no failures here mucker, no matter what I achieve.
    Loving the blogs pal.

    • Thanks for reading Mark. Defining what failure is helps reduce a load of stress too. Glad you are enjoying the blog.
      Gavin

  2. Love this mindset Gavin! I once wrote a novel during NaNoWriMo years ago, and while I think it was awful and have never revisited it, just the act of finishing it brought a massive sense of accomplishment. Good luck finishing this one, and all the ones that follow!

    • Thanks Robyn. It’s a long journey but I’m not too far off finishing my first draft!

  3. Hi Gavin .. push those thoughts of failure from your mind! Banish them completely. You don’t have to put your publishing success in the hands of a publisher. Become an indie-author publisher and do it yourself.

    If you need some inspiration about indie authors and self publishing … take a look at the 3 day IndieReCon online conference in April 15-17 … it’s free, and is for authors by authors. Lots of great spacers on the schedule, talking about different aspects of self publishing.

    • Thanks for all your input jay. The indie publishing is something I’m open to and very aware of. It’s a whole blog post in its own right. I’m pretty sold on the idea of traditional publishing at the moment but that’s not to say that will never change. Cheers

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