During your writing practice, you are going to make mistakes.

From small typos to major plot disasters, to spending years on a novel that ends up locked in a file drawer never to be seen.

Good for you!

There is only one path to becoming the writer you are meant to be and it will be riddled with your mistakes. Your crappy first drafts, the cliché dialogue, the underdeveloped characters, the premise that’s a bit too close to that bestseller everyone has already read.

Mistakes aren’t evidence of failure, but of your repeated attempts at success. Mistakes show that you are brave enough to try and optimistic enough to try again.

For today, embrace your mistakes. Take some time to think about your writing disasters, what you learned from them, and how you picked up and started again.