Now that I have claimed I am a professional writer, I look for the perks. One of them I figured to be was no more failures. But you know what? That isn’t true. The hallmark of any professional is failure.
Almost enough to make one go back to amateur status. In the investment business, I often wondered why owners of a company would take it public. It could be taken over by someone else. I thought of that as failure. Most of the time though that kind of failure came with a handsome monetary reward.
In writing I don’t see monetary rewards in failure. Maybe that is why I think it should not be part of being a professional writer. Where are the rewards?
Steven Pressfield writes in his book the War of Art, “Nothing is as empowering as real-world validation, even if it’s for failure.”
I can’t wait.