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Guest Blogger Adrian Faulkner

Welcome Adrian Faulkner! Adrian is the author of The Four Realms.

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He’s also into geocaching which, now that I’ve looked it up, is AWESOME!

Mr. Faulkner writes to us today about failure leading to success.

Enjoy.

Failure Is The Path To Success

Being a writer is great. I mean, you effectively get to play God. You write the stories you want to write, you can make the characters do whatever you want and no-one can arrest you for all the horrible things you do to them! You get to be your own little megalomaniac; no-one’s telling you what to do, or what you can’t do. It’s complete bliss!

But the problem comes the moment you start to show your writing to others. They’ll have opinions, some of it positive and, undoubtedly, some negative. If you want to pursue publication, you’ll submit your stories to editors, publishers and agents, and along the way you’ll get rejected.

After the hedonism of complete control this can come as quite a shock even if you feel you’ve mentally prepared for it. Usually you’ll only be afforded a stock reply. They’ll just say “not for us, thanks for sending it in” and that’ll be that.

And as a result you’ll find yourself doubting yourself and your ability. That story you loved so much, you thought so perfect, you’ll now look at with different eyes. You’ll wonder what you’ve missed. You’ll be miserable company. If you’re like me, you’ll probably eat a lot of ice cream that evening.

The problem is that rejection is all too often seen as so removed from success. There’s this view that says they’re polar opposites, that rejection is failure and failure is the polar opposite to success. But actually, not really. In fact they’re neighbours.

You see, when it comes to writing the opposite of success is giving up. Just about every writer has experienced rejection and failure, most to the point where a sane person would have long given up. Persistence is the key, and not just in the case of writing. If you don’t believe me, take virtually any successful person from any time in history, in any field of expertise you care to name and look at how much they failed before they found success.

So next time you get a rejection, know that you’re a step closer to achieving your goals; because other people – saner people – would have long given up by now, but you’re going to pick yourself up and keep on writing.

About the Author
Adrian Faulkner has never really stopped making things up since he first started writing stories at age 7. He spent a decade as a leading pop culture journalist and geek culture commentator before focusing on fiction. His debut Urban Fantasy novel, The Four Realms, was published in 2012 by Anarchy Books. Adrian lives in Berkshire, England and in his spare time is one of the country’s leading geocachers.

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NaNoWriMo

National Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) begins November 1st and has participants working towards a goal of a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.

…Damn….

I have never participated in NaNoWriMo. I’ve googled it, though. Some writers come out for (yes, let us push ourselves to new limits!) and some come out against (you can’t rush the muse!)

If you are thinking about participating, a great plus is the sense of community. On the NaNoWriMo website, under their local events tab, you can select your region and scroll through their social calendar. In Toronto, for example, in addition to “write-ins” they have karaoke and a “geeky book swap”. (I might have to crash that one…) They also have letters of encouragement from published authors. The pep talk from Audrey Niffengger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, is a fav of mine as well as Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, who says “When in doubt, just add ninjas. (Ninjas do not need to be actual ninjas.) (But they can be.)”

If you do decide to sign up, I highly recommend Adrian Faulkner’s Fantasy Faction article on how to use NaNoWriMo as your RD department.

If I’m honest, I will probably never participate in NaNoWriMo. I have tried to keep quotas in the past and it just doesn’t work. Not because I freeze up and not because I’m not willing to write badly (boy am I ever!) but because it’s just not my process. I need brainstorming time and daydreaming time. Sometimes I write many words a day, some days I write hardly any. It’s not for me. But I will wish any and all who sign up the very best! Enjoy October while it lasts. Soon you’ll have some serious work to do.

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