Failure is Sometimes an Option

I’ve been thinking about success and failure as a writer. Obviously penning a best seller is for many the ultimate mark of success. What is the opposite? What is complete failure? If you finish your book you have passed the point of complete failure. But what happens if you book just sits there, unread and unwanted. Well the Creative Pen has a great article on just that subject. To that I would add an even worse scenario, your book rockets to the top of the list for a few weeks and then nothing. Even worse your next book is a dud. Can you say one hit wonder? I don’t know if thinking of a writing career in terms of success or failure is healthy. There are so many little successes and smaller failures that they all kind of blur together. We can celebrate and wail for a bit with each of them as we move on to the next.


Vincent A. Alascia is the author of, “Undead Heart,” “In the Presence of Gods,” and, “Xristos: Chosen of God,” available on Kindle and paperback as well as works that have appeared in anthologies and online. Originally an East Coast native, he makes his home in the Phoenix Arizona area with his wife where he is an active member of the West Valley Writers’ Workshop and a librarian at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

  • Eveline Horelle Dailey

    I believe successes or failures are thoughts we imprisoned ourselves with. Our perception needs to me examined. While we reside in a society that measures successes in dollars and cents for me the real success for any artist is in creation. Think of pieces of art found after the death of an artist. Often those are sold for millions of dollars. Was the dead artist successful? It is all in the perceived value. The success for a writer or any other artist is in finishing what was began.

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