The Prospect of Failure
One of the biggest things I fear as an artist is failure. I know I’m not alone. Confidence issues happen to every artist I know. The strangest thing is that every artist I know sees failure differently.
It could come as a 1-star review. It could be a negative reaction to some specific aspect of the work. It could come in any number of ways.
My job, as a writer, isn’t to entertain everyone that reads my work. My job is to produce the best content I can and let people find it.
Today I spent a little time going through reviews of all my works. There aren’t many. It’s easy to go through them all if I chose to. What I was looking for wasn’t how many negative reviews I had or how many positive reviews I had. That wasn’t the goal. What I was looking for was, did the reviews get better over time? Had I improved?
Now, there were a lot of people that LOVED V&A Shipping back in the day when I produced it in audio. When I released it in print and ebook, it got a lukewarm response, at best. I hadn’t been expecting that. What was different?
My first version, the audio, didn’t have any typos…that listeners could see. I could fix grammar and spelling as I read it out loud. Again, to the best of my abilities at the time.
I’ve said this many many times, but it bears repeating. You can’t get worse at something if you keep doing it. I say this repeatedly to reinforce it with myself. You can reach a plateau and that’s where learning from others comes in handy. Reading is a great exercise. Learning from someone who’s successful at what you want to do is invaluable.
At any rate, got a super late start this evening. I’m crazy tired and it’s time to get to bed.
5/5/2021 GRPC 2 will drop. I will make certain to provide lots of links to the ebook when it’s available.
Until Next Time!
Audio Only: https://anchor.fm/jr-murdock/episodes/5-a-Day-With-Jay—0128-e1075ku
Posted on May 3, 2021, in Blog Post and tagged failure, rejection, reviews, writer, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
I think one of the best things about your V&A audio was your reading voice. It was really immersive. That was one of the things that stood out to me way back then.
I do miss the audio recording and need to get back at it. Thank you for the feedback. It always helps.