Today I'm going to argue that medium size failures are the ones with which writers are most intimately familiar.
We all know what it feels like when the email pops up in our inbox or you pull the small envelope in suspiciously familiar handwriting out of the pile of mail.
Both types of correspondance induce heart pounding and are almost always followed by a sick feeling in the pit of the stomach. In case you still don't know what I'm talking about that type of correspondance is usually from a publisher/agent/magazine and starts "Dear Author".
And yet, as anxiety producing as they are, I still think these are failures size medium. I know many of us have spent years and years perfecting our novels, screenplays, articles, graphic novels or short stories but what does failure on this scale cost?
The first three things that came to mind when I tried to measure the cost of medium sized failures were pride, confidence and a good day gone bad. Of course, none of these are good things but none of them are devastating either. Sometimes it takes me an hour or a day or a week but I always bounce back from medium size failures.
Then there's the flip side to taking medium sized risks. The most exciting two pieces of that flip side are HOPE and ANTICIPATION.
Hope is crucial and anticipation is delicious. It's the plus side to the butterflies in your stomach and the shaking hands. Waking up every morning with the hope, the anticipation that today might be the day my novel hits the NYT best seller list, or my short story is accepted for publication by Very Tony Magazine or thousands of people love my blog post is worth the risk.
What about the rest of you? Are you hope junkies too? Or do the risks involved with Failure: Size Medium feel too big?