“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
In January 2011 I self-published a novel. It was badly written, badly edited, and I had absolutely no idea how to sell it. I had no online presence: no blog, no Facebook page, no Twitter.
So I sold 4 copies in 4 months. It was a disaster. I received a 2 star review on Goodreads, and then I decided to un-publish the damn thing.
And I gave up writing. For a few months, that is.
But then, after months of working on various other projects (such as Jazz, The Writer, etc.) I decided to give self-publishing one more try. I had a nice following on Wattpad (where I had lots of positive feedback from folks), so I thought that this time I’d sell more copies.
So, yes, I thought I should try just one more time. But I was also determined not to give up. No matter what. I’d just write and publish, write and publish, until something happened.
Also, I knew that I had to keep blogging, as a way of finding an audience.
And I did just that.
Yes, it’s really that simple. As long as you don’t give up, you can’t fail. As long as you keep fighting, you can’t be defeated. You keep going, you keep trying, because, ultimately, this is what art teaches us: we’re always aspiring to achieve perfection, yet we fail, but that doesn’t stop us from trying again and again.
We fall and we rise, and we become better and better at it.
This is life, this is experience, this is how beautiful things get made.