The Promise of Failure by John McNally
“Writing IS revising,” we often tell new writers. But perhaps what we should be saying is “Writing IS rejection.” Because there’s no way around out: No matter how smart, savvy, or original a writer may be, there’s no escaping those brutal rejection letters from residencies, agents, literary journal, or prestigious awards. Yet we so rarely share our failures – and in an age of social media, when our colleagues’ successes are regularly shoved in our faces, coming to terms with our own disappointments is essential. Thankfully, John McNally’s written The Promise of Failure, a slim tome that teaches writers how to define success on their own terms – and make peace with their own failures.