Tag: failure

The Lost Contract

(From the late, lamented Writing Centre website.)To any would-be novelist, the sight of a book – your book – on the shelf is surely the Holy Grail of writing. And, like any true grail quest, the path is fraught with challenges, monsters and dead-ends. Here are two of my tales.My novel Covenant is an unusual …

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Why Failure is the Writer’s Friend

I’ve had a lot of writing failures. The stories that don’t sell, the articles on perpetual circulation. The novels that amble around like docile sauropods. The topical gags and sketches that live and die without an audience. Sometimes I get despondent, more often just peeved. But part of me takes a secret delight in it. …

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