HOW TO OVERCOME FAILURE IN WRITING: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FAIL  

There are times when artists (not just writers) need to make the decision to keep going or quit. We advise not to quit, so let us motivate you to keep going:

Becoming a successful writer is a long process

This is not something that can happen overnight. Even though there are some exceptions, most people have to work hard to achieve it. It is a process that requires years of practice with multiple literary terms.

Failing is part of the process

This is a discouraging truth to hear, but failure is necessary. Constructive criticism is necessary. Almost all writers have been rejected at some point in their careers. But they did not fail because they kept trying. There will be good and bad moments, as in everything. It is a normal process.

If you keep trying and keep on working to get better, sooner or later you will be successful. Remember that you only lose if you give up.

There will always be setbacks

There will be many goals you cannot achieve in the moment in which you desire to, there will be family problems, there will be unexpected events, diseases, sadness, other priorities, and an infinite number of other things. What is important is that you keep in mind that these things will happen all the time. These may lead you away from your goals for a while, but you can always come back to them.

A stone in your path does not mean you have failed. Adjusting your goals and giving yourself more time to attain them, does not mean you have failed. If you have not been able to complete anything you set your mind to do this whole year, it does not mean you have failed. Each day is a new opportunity to begin.

As with our stories, there are many things that happen without us planning for them, but this does not mean you need to give up. Remember how many problems you made your characters go through before letting them become what they were supposed to in order for them to achieve their goals.

It will all be worth it once you start feeling it is all coming together  

Becoming what we want requires a lot of time and patience. Nonetheless, it is very rewarding when the small details in your life start to come together. Achieving small goals helps you build the foundation for your bigger goals. Once you finish a draft of your story, you may begin to edit; once you finish editing, you can submit your work to publishers. One step leads to the next.

Great Writers

Fray Luis of León

We’re going to be analyzing the main figures of the spiritual literature. Fray Luis dof León was borne in Belmonte (Cuenca) in 1527, he had Jewish ancestors and his family was originally from the Mountains. He worked as a teacher in Salamanca and was processed by the Inquisition in that exact faculty, gaining a long jail sentence from 1572 to 1576. His four biggest creations are: The Exposition of Song of Songs (written in 1561 and 1562 to Isabel Osorio, a nun from the Sancti Spiritus in Salamanca) where we can see all of his usual topics in his comments; The Perfect Wife written in 1583 for María Varela de Osorio’s wedding, a comment to Chapter XXXI of the Proverbs, which gained popularity although it didn’t get as much of the critic’s attention as it deserved; Commentary on the Book of Job, took him a lot of time to write (maybe from 1570 till 1591), and it reflects a clear ideological and stylistic internal revolution; but his biggest play in Spanish prose was The Name of Christ, a summary of his biblical, theological and philosophical thoughts, which contains the motives seen through all his work, this book represents the author’s idea of perfection because it manages to reduce multiple aspects into one unit.

Fray Louis of Granada

Originally from Dominican Republic, Fray Louis of Granada (1504-1588) was born in Granada and wrote The Sinner’s Guide (Lisboa, 1556-1557) and An Introduction to the Symbol of Faith (Salamanca, 1583). The Guide was included in the 1559 index, and that required some changes here and there.  

Tips to improve your writing

BRAINSTORMING OUT LOUD

A question, a problematic situation, or some other fact that generates opinions, is posed. Each participant presents a response and expresses it with complete freedom. The answers are written in the black board in the order they are presented. Then, they are ordered and analyzed. Conclusions are obtained and expressed.

BRAINSTORMING WITH CARDS

Ideas are written in a card in a readable way. Then, they are placed in a board. They are ordered. They are selected. Conclusions are obtained.

PARTIAL BRAINSTORMING

It differs from the others in the fact that the problem or aspect to develop is written in a piece of paper, and it takes place in groups. Afterwards, each group posts its paper in the board and exposes it to the rest. The analysis is done with all the groups together, and final conclusions are reached.

SHARE YOUR FACTORS

Students are requested to draft a list of factors that influence on a determined element, fact, phenomena, etc. Afterwards, each needs to share it with the rest, arguing for the reasons of its listing. They all end up drafting a common list.

PERSONAL MAIL

Each group is requested to create a response letter to someone that has requested their professional help for a specific problem.

RADIO BROADCASTING

Each group of students needs to prepare a 10-minute radio script that will be broadcasted at the end. It needs to be suggestive and creative. Then, the broadcasts are played. Finally, the messages are evaluated as per their originality, knowledge and intelligence.

Considering difficulties

Ask the student to make a list of all utilitarian objects that he may come in contact with in a 24 hour period. Have him select, for future purposes, those items that can cause friction (or problems, difficulties, etc.) in terms of their function or appearance.