“It is failure that guides evolution; perfection provides no incentive for improvement, and nothing is perfect.”
—COLSON WHITEHEAD, FROM THE INTUITIONIST: A NOVEL
All writers experience the frustration of being unable to steer a piece of writing in the direction they want it to go. You don’t get the story “right,” so you crumple up the pages and toss them across the room (or smack your laptop or yell at your iPad). Or maybe you’ve worked on a short story for months or even years, and you still can’t bear to submit it. After all, it might not be “done” yet. You’ve spent all this time shaping and reshaping that one piece, and it still isn’t finished and thus your critical voices say you must have failed.
You haven’t ...