Samuel Beckett

Sometimes you can tell your frame of mind from the quotations that appeal to you.

I’ve always loved the quote from Samuel Beckett: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. There’s something about the philosophy that describes the experience of writing – producing your ‘baby’, sending it out, facing rejection, picking yourself up, staying positive in the face of negativity.

However, I’ve just come across another Beckett quote which struck an immediate chord: I think the next little bit of excitement is flying. I hope I’m not too old to take it up seriously, nor too stupid to qualify as a commercial pilot. I do not feel like spending the rest of my life writing books noone will read. It’s not as though I wanted to write them.

Oh, how that quote speaks to me at the moment. Not quite in search of the nearest airfield but definitely disillusioned and despondent about the tough – and ever tougher – business of publishing novels.

Hang on! What’s that? Oh God, another character has raised its head about the parapet!

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