A couple of weeks ago, I was listening to the radio show Ask Me Another. For those of you unfamiliar with the program, it airs on NPR and is in the vein of Wait, Wait. Don't' Tell Me, in that it's kind of a trivia show, with jokes and celebrity guests. During this particular show, the celebrity guest was Owen King. You can go here to listen to his portion of the show, but I'll just cover the one thing I took for inspiration.
At some point when asked about advice he has for aspiring writers, he says "I think you have to have the courage to give up on things." At least for him, one of the most important things a writer needs to know is that sometimes the story you're trying to write just isn't going to work, and when you finally come to that realization, you just have to let it go.
I have a problem with this. I feel like a failure when I start a story, but can't finish it. Like there's something wrong with me, and I'm a terrible writer because not everything I write down is gold, or even bronze. Well, now I realize that I may be a terrible writer for many reasons, but not finishing a failed story doesn't have to be one of them.