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Failed projects

David Gane
David Gane

Sometimes projects don’t go as we want. They got lose steam, lose energy, and get lost along the way.

Sometimes it’s too big, too unwieldy to get it on the page. Or we don’t have enough information or time, or skill to sort it out.

Any of it can happen. It sucks, but we also need to understand that it’s okay.

When the project fails, allow yourself to mourn.

But also set it aside. Maybe the project hasn’t failed—it’s not—your not—in the right time and place to do it.

Failed projects are only failed if you let them be. Maybe they’re a 25-year gestation. Or you move on to big and better things before they're complete.

Either way, you get to choose.


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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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