Appreciating Our Mistakes

Hello, Readers!

We all fail sometimes. We all make mistakes. But it’s through these failures and through these mistakes that we learn how to do better.

As a writer I have made many mistakes. From writing all around perfect characters to writing super cheesy scenes where my characters are laughing for no reason (don’t ask), I’ve made a lot. 

I tend to look back at my old stories and just cringe over how horrible they are and wonder how on earth I used to share them with people. Like, honestly – what was I thinking?

But now I’m trying to look back at those cringe-worthy stories and appreciate them. Because the fact is, I loved writing those stories. And if I hadn’t made all those mistakes, I wouldn’t be where I am now in my writing. I wouldn’t have learned how to create good characters or how to write meaningful scenes.

The same goes for anyone. We all make mistakes and while we might beat ourselves up over them, I think it’s important to look back at those mistakes – those failures – and really appreciate them. Because that’s how we learn. 

We never start off doing something perfectly. We have to fall and mess up now and then. And when we press on despite those failures, that’s how we improve. 

It can be frustrating – especially after trying so many times, but the important thing to remember is that you’re learning. And if you give up, you’re never going to know how you can soar.

So dear reader, don’t give up. Don’t waste your time complaining about your mistakes, but rather work to make them right. You have the potential, so keep trying no matter what. <3 

Talk to me!

What are some mistakes you've made? How did you learn from them?

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

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  1. Olive

    “The greatest teacher, failure is.” -yoda (I shall be quoting that ’til the end of my days XD )
    and great post! very encouraging. 🙂
    Most crazily, ~Olive

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  2. Julia

    I can definitely look back and see how much I’ve grown and changed in my writing. This is a very great post! Thank you for it!

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  3. Xyra

    I have quite a few cheesey stories I wrote and actually handed copies out to the people I used as characters. the stories themselves were harmless and goofy like a Disney or Frankie & Annette movie (don’t know the latter, google and watch one; they were fun).

    The thing is those stories were not mistakes, but the first steps in a long writing career. Imagination oozing onto the page like clay ready to molded. You know those early art projects that look like a plate or bumpy vase. As you practice you get the lovely chalice or pitcher.

    Happy writing!

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