Fail Up: On Creative Resilience

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence, Business of Writing

I don’t know too many people who stand up proudly and shout “yay” when they experience a failure, whether you’ve been accused of doing something wrong, or poorly, or a creative experiment if didn’t go the way you hoped (or a thousand other examples). The more people who are aware of your “failure,” the more you may want to burrow away into a dimly lit cave until all memory of it has passed. But what if I told you that you should celebrate and share your failures? That failures are signs of experimentation and creativity, of stretching and pushing yourself bravely toward the unknown? Whether you’re a writer, or a teacher, a manager of your department, or a parent. Failure … Read More

JordanFail Up: On Creative Resilience

On Getting Lost: Fighting Perfectionism

JordanWriting for Joy, Writing. Practice.

If you’re anything like me, you are a perfectionist in disguise. I keep a messy desk. I am the queen of clutter piles. I don’t need my house to be clean. You will find sticky puddles of things in my refrigerator. I forgive easily. I hug a lot. I don’t look like a perfectionist. It’s all on the inside. There’s an engine of “must” driving me at all times, forcing me into schedules and routines that are painful–literally, my head will hurt–when I am asked to change them. A good friend of mine recently witnessed a near melt-down as she invited me to dinner in place of my usual exercise routine. But the place it used to hamper me the … Read More

JordanOn Getting Lost: Fighting Perfectionism