Writing Tips to Overcome Aspects of Failure

Success is Often Served with a Side of Failure. Hold the Failure.

It’s not unusual for writers to chase success only to keep falling short of their goals. Failure is part of the process, and it should never force a confident author to give up.

The feeling of defeat should be motivation to take on a challenge; it should be a learning experience to try a different approach.

Here are a few examples of unsuccessful authors who became impatient and lost momentum with their writing. If you can see yourself experiencing the same frustration, pay attention to the tips that follow each example.

Bill – A Daily Habit of Excuses: If Bill had time to write, he made excuses not to write. When he had excellent ideas for a new article, he convinced himself that the topic had been covered by someone else. He was no longer driven and passionate about his work. He had a barrel full of excuses and a bad case of procrastination.

Tips:
• Becoming an expert author will not happen overnight, but each night of some progress is a win.
• Making excuses to postpone writing will trickle down into your personal life. Stay motivated and battle through procrastination!
• The saying “practice makes perfect” is simply a line of encouragement. You don’t have to be perfect; you just have to want it.

Kathy – Too Many Fish in the Sea: Kathy was a motivated self-starter who never paid attention to the success of other authors. Over time, she lost focus and developed a habit of checking out the competition. Her work ethic began to decline at the sheer sight of all of the successful writers out there. How could she possibly stand a chance?

Tips:
• Keep your eye on the big picture and don’t worry about the other guy.
• Everyone has struggles of their own; learn to overcome yours just as others have done.
• No one knows what you have up your sleeve. Think big and leave a strong impression!

Jim – Public Eye Jitters: Jim was on the top of his game with his writing skills, but was too shy to get his name out there. He wanted to establish his credibility and showcase his niche without looking desperate. He just didn’t feel comfortable or confident on the right approach to article marketing. He ended up turning his writing into a hobby and no one has heard from him since.

Tips:
• It takes passion, hard work and effective strategies to get the word out, not a background in marketing & sales.
• Publish your work under a pen name if you’re not ready to put your name out there.
• Take to social media to see how other writers are finding success. It doesn’t hurt to ask for advice!

Robert – Loss of Creativity: Writer’s block took its toll on Robert, an author just starting out. There were so many niches to write about that he became overwhelmed. What’s the hot topic? What information did the readers crave? These questions continued to bug Robert, so he stayed on the couch and sulked, postponing his potential to break out. His creative juices were not flowing and he gave up.

Tips:
• Revisit old pieces of your writing and reflect on the inspiration you felt at the time you wrote it.
• Step outside. Visit a place out of your ordinary routine and reflect on your experiences.
• Re-read an article, short story, or book that left you feeling inspired. Your creativity is there, it just needs to be re-ignited.

Sarah – Zero Time to Write: Finding time to write can be like searching for a pin at the bottom of a pool. If there’s one thing that Sarah didn’t have, it was a moment to herself. Long work hours, appointments, and kids to look after sucked up all of her energy. It seemed like her only escape was in the bathroom! It was hopeless; she just wasn’t cut out to be a writer.

Tips:
• Be vocal about your time constraints. Stick to them. Others will understand.
• Get your own space for your writing. You will find peace when you’re locked away from your distractions.
• Practice time-saving techniques. Check out these 30 Time-Saving Tips for ideas.

It may seem success comes easier for others, but realize that successful writers have their own obstacles to overcome. Continue making progress with your writing and don’t lose hope.

Put on your apron and get creative. It’s OK to break a couple of eggs on your way to the main course. As long as you think positive and keep trying, you will overcome failure!

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David Head writes:

Im gradually learning the things i should have learnt at school,it feels like im going back in time.
And that my teacher is now not in the class room ,but on the net.
Well we all can learn everyday and improve what we do.

Comment provided October 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

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Emily writes:

Here’s an idea. I just remembered I did this fifty years ago as a kid when I started writing poems. Get old envelopes or scrap paper and scribble away, never intending to show this material to anyone.
Write to yourself. Write for yourself. Put it in a shoebox under the bed gathering dust.
One day you empty the shoebox onto a surface, and glean fragments from the scribbles. The fragments – all your own work while you were enjoying yourself, with your hair down – will have things in common that can be strung together.
Eventually, you will pull articles from this resource, and be on your way.

Comment provided October 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM

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Stephen Wilkes writes:

Really useful and interesting article, it where I feel at the moment so very useful, thank you

Comment provided October 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM

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YourFriend writes:

Very Nice,
This article was full of motivation and inspiration.

I liked the way you describe various cases and scenarios. We never fall short of excuses :)

Thanks for writing this awesome post.

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Heather writes:

Courtney,

Your line in your Blog article “The feeling of defeat should be motivation to take on a challenge; it should be a learning experience to try a different approach” is such a powerful inspirational quote. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I just love those words.

Heather

Comment provided October 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

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Thanks Heather!

Learning is a never-ending experience. :)

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patricia gaines writes:

Impeccable timing. Thank you for the support, and the education. Thank you for believing in us.

Comment provided October 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

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DRVRao writes:

An excellent inspiring article to those writers who often feel frustrated which results in failure. “Failure is a stepping stone to success” is an old adage. Every failure is a step that enables frustrated writers to ascend the ladder of success.Failure is an experience that acts like a bacon to achieve success.

Comment provided October 14, 2014 at 11:53 PM

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Merrisa Meyer writes:

I am learning here a lot about how to write an article that give a proper knowledge for all readers and help them boost up their knowledge.

Comment provided October 15, 2014 at 12:32 AM

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Neeraj Jha writes:

I just got a rejection mail few minutes back. To be honest, I felt really bad. Then I stumbled upon this article, and more than anything else it inspired me to carry on.

Thank you!

Comment provided October 15, 2014 at 12:36 AM

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Neeraj,

Don’t be discouraged if your article isn’t approved on the first attempt. Even the top writers on EzineArticles get a rejection from time-to-time. Stay positive and use it as a learning experience. :) Thanks for your feedback!

-Courtney

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It is just another way for you to get better; if you know what’s wrong then you know what to fix. Once you remove the flaws – – you become flaw-less.

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Raven Cohan writes:

I’ve been over 30 years in training my body, mind, emotions, spirit and ENERGY… to get together and help each other. Not hinder each other. But it’s taking me over 12 years to write a book based on my teachers system. I pretty much always do my daily writing. It isn’t for very long. I do tell myself I need to warm up with spontaneous subjects for discussion on webpages about my subject on social network pages. For me; I just plug along anyway and don’t repeat negative mantras when I catch myself in the act of making such statements.

Comment provided October 15, 2014 at 9:43 AM

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Keep sharing such tips to motivate budding authors.

Comment provided October 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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Salihu S Dikko writes:

Both reading and writing are just not easy, but, both are possible. In fact, nothing is impossible to achieve or attain in one’s life. The ugly thing that gets people stranded is nothing, but given up completely on idea one is being dying for, for many years.
We should very much thank the good persons or good people, that upon all the hard ship they went through, they did not give up, and their efforts, are what,we are now enjoying world wide. For example: we must thank: Bill Gates,Henry Ford, Sir Isaac, Micheal Jackson, Abraham Lincolin etc., because, they refused to give up. Only God and themselves know what they went through, yet they came up with what each of them produced, that we are now enjoying virtually free. As such, always have these grate achievers in mind and that, if they were/are human beings with just an head, and you are a human being too with an head as well, and they made it, so too, you will make it. If you are tired,just step a side for a while, but not giving up.

Comment provided October 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM

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iariful islam writes:

I will be learning here a lot about the way to write an article that give a suitable knowledge for all readers.

Comment provided October 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

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Ritesh Agarwal writes:

Thanks for the tips. Procrastination is my biggest devil i tell you

Comment provided October 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

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Sarah – Zero Time to Write

YES YES. I do not have time to write for you!!!. I am too occupied and not having enough time to write to paying websites like hubpages.com.

So no time to write for free content farms!!!

Best of luck

Sajith

Comment provided October 18, 2014 at 6:18 AM

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Lisa writes:

Very motivating article! Lots of great tips. Thanks for sharing.

Comment provided October 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM

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Thank you for this wonderful piece

Comment provided October 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM

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mauritz writes:

too many fish in the sea.. it’s difficult competition.

thank you for this article

Comment provided October 24, 2014 at 5:38 AM

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Paul S Walker writes:

Very Nice,
This article was full of motivation and inspiration.

Comment provided November 7, 2014 at 7:14 AM

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Manish Yadav writes:

thanks

Comment provided November 11, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Aqil writes:

I am a newbie who has never been into writing but I now have started to develop interest in writing. I found this piece of writing very motivational. I am looking for someone who can assist/guide in coming up with my first piece.

Comment provided November 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

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Salihu S Dikko writes:

Of course, failure is eminent in one’s life, but that mustn’t be or mean the end of the story. Rather, it should mean a steeping stone to move forward, faster and accurately.
Records, from people who failed and later on made it to the tops, reviewed that: failure is nothing, other than TEMPORARY DEFEAT. And by the time, you view it as a temporary defeat, it will not disturb you, so much, to the point of giving up. And again, a late popular musician, once said, he who fights and run away, there is going to be a fight another day. So when failure struck you today or even now, just allow it to rest, for the time being, thinking that, you are done with, and by the time you bounce back on it, after full preparations and all energy you have to spend on it, before you know it, you are out fully successfully. There and then, all thumps will be up for you, calling you HERO, CHAMPION,GRATE LEADER…..

Comment provided November 13, 2014 at 5:27 AM

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