WE WRITERS LIVE WITH FAILURE—AND ENJOY IT!
I have never been to a greyhound race—my education is sadly lacking in some ways—but as I understand it, greyhounds are encouraged to do their very best by dangling a lure in front of them—which they never actually catch.
There is writing in a nutshell. No matter how hard you try, no matter how brilliant your prose, you will never write quite as well as you want.
It appears we are a bunch of masochists. What else can you call people who court failure so consistently?
Or perhaps we are dreamers? I’m damned if I know the answer. I will say that the effort—just in itself—is extraordinarily rewarding (albeit brutal in the effort it requires).