Friday, June 09, 2006


Failure, according to popular definition, consists of an attempt to do something which does not succeed immediately . . . That isn’t failure, that’s education.

Failure exists, but failure is not what happens when you try and don’t succeed. Failure, in its pure form, is what happens when you die without having tried anything.

--Gene Olson, Sweet Agony: A Writing Manual of Sorts, p. 19


Blogger Inkspired Writer said...

If you don't own a copy of "Sweet Agony," RUN--do not walk--to your nearest bookstore and get a copy. I love this book. Olson's writing is vivid, real, compelling. He understands writers and writing.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

I agree! I checked this one out of the library, and it was great. Very inspiring and great information!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Jim Thompson said...

I'll put Sweet Agony on my reading list. In my book, failure isn't missing the mark, but the attitude that reflects the enemy's lie, "You are unworthy of victory. You are defeated already."

Victory and defeat are related to warfare, and rightly applied to the spiritual struggle we face in our writing and every other area of our lives. Spiritual warfare isn't some Perettiesque battle of winged critters. Each choice we face between good and best is a battle in our ongoing war with the flesh.

12:40 AM  

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