Sunday’s Snippets: Succeeding at Failing, or Failing to Succeed?

EASY AS A, B, C . . . from BB

These little gems are Snippets from Jon Winokur’s book entitled W.O.W.: Writers on Writing. It seems—from these authors, at least—that success/failure is pretty much a balancing act:

“If your first book is a smash, your second book gets kicked in the face.” ~ John Berryman

“Failure is very difficult for a writer to bear, but very few can manage the shock of early success.” ~ Maurice Valency

“Of all the enemies of literature, success is the most insidious.” ~ Cyril Connolly

“Success and failure are equally disastrous.” ~ Tennessee Williams

“The rarest thing in literature, and the only success, is when the author disappears and his work remains.” ~ François Mauriac

See you day‑after‑tomorrow for “Tuesday’s Tutor”!

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2 responses to “Sunday’s Snippets: Succeeding at Failing, or Failing to Succeed?

  1. Nice to meet you at LUW yesterday. Christy monson

  2. benschwensch

    Thanks—it was great meeting so many wonderful writers over the weekend, wasn’t it? And welcome aboard, Christy – happy to have you following our blog!

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