Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The importance of failure in the creative process

“The success of failure: Pulitzer winner’s surprising road to the top” discusses not only the writing process, but also more generally the importance of failure and grit for creativity. Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, sometimes writes up to 50 or 60 drafts of her novels. While she calls her first drafts “terrible,” she tirelessly works to improve upon them by editing, outlining, and discussions with other writers; and then by repeating each step as many times as necessary. "The key is struggling a lot," Egan says. Egan allows herself to engage in the creative struggle, which requires her to “fail” several times in her writing process before she finds her way to the often-successful end product. In writing and other creative endeavors, failure can actually pave the way to creativity. One just needs to allow themselves to learn from mistakes rather than be paralyzed by them. Read the full text here:

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