This quote isn’t necessarily about the writing life, but it certainly could be. One of the biggest writing lessons I learned last year had to do with mistakes — not avoiding them but working through them. My experience echoes Neil Gaiman’s advice:
I hope that in this year to come you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
Here’s similar advice from Seth Godin.
Don’t be afraid of mistakes. They lead you one step closer to finding the best way.
Faith Hough says
I’ve loved that Neil Gaiman quote for years. I’m planning on pulling out the fountain pens one of these days and making some calligraphy art for my girls’ wall with it… Such good advice for writing and for life.
Take a picture once it happens?