Creativity #14 - Never Give up! And there is no Failure.

There is no failure if you never give up.

Let me say it again. 

There is no failure if you never give up.

There is also no failure if you look at life, art and creation as a process of learning and growing.

No failure there... just learning.


But sometimes, you just need to stop. Put a play down, and leave it alone for a while.  

That is not failure. That is incubation. 

Sometimes things aren't flowing and it is a good idea to leave a play, screenplay or novel, alone.

Lock it in a safe, so you can't see it, and start work on something else. 

And then, maybe in a week, or a month, or months later, you will be compelled to return and you will see your work from a new perspective and it just might start flowing again. And it just might be amazing.

Success is wonderful. We all love good reviews of our work, accolades from adoring fans, and big parties after an opening night where we have the world on our noses, but all success is fleeting, and most of our lives as writers and artists, is in process, is in that creation place, in that magic place, and, alas, in that STRUGGLE place. But honestly, to me, there is no better, more amazing place to be.

A way to shift away from a FAILURE belief system is to make a commitment to WRITE for yourself. Don't write to be commercial or to make money. Write to write a compelling story that friggin' THRILLS YOU, or makes you laugh, or cry, but write a story that is EXCITING TO YOU.  

Then if people like it, if you get good reviews, etc etc. that is just icing on your creation cake.

Telling stories. Bringing stories to life is AWESOME, important, and AMAZING FUN.  

So keep writing. Tell compelling stories that THRILL you.  

Never stop.

There is no failure.

Ken Wolf