Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Neil Simon on the importance of failure

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The brilliant is born out of a writer’s pain, some divine inspiration, and a slight bit of madness. You can aspire to it but you can’t plan on it, especially if you know your limitations. Your horizons can expand, however, if you allow yourself the possibility of failure. You must, in fact, court failure.  Let her be your temptress. There must be danger in the attempt and no net strung across the abyss to break your fall.

Neil Simon, Rewrites

Written by nevalalee

August 22, 2011 at 8:19 am

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  1. So true. One of the first things I tell my students at the beginning of a new year, is to be brave and fail. Make mistakes and get a little messy . . . it’s how we learn. :-)

    C.B. Wentworth

    August 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm

  2. I’ve always thought that Proust said it best.


    August 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm

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