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Day 17 – 2018 AWAC

The 2018 August Write Away Challenge

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Fri, Aug. 17- What would you do if you knew you could not fail?


I was going to rush into this prompt and tell you that if I knew I couldn’t fail, one thing I’d do is finish writing Wicket Lake! Seems straightforward enough. And listen, if you only knew the trouble Kharana has given me… well, you’d feel the same way!

But I think it might be a bit disingenuous. We all like to think that immediate success is gratifying. Maybe it is for a moment. In the end, however, I wonder whether immediate success is as satisfying as working through a series of failures and obstacles?

One of the best moments of Wicket Lake for me so far is the first Kharana chapter. I tried so hard to squeeze her into a mold of what I thought she was. I thought I understood her as a character; I thought I understood what drove her to do the things she did in chapter one; I thought I understood how a girl so young could be filled with such hatred. My failure in initially writing her is the only reason I’ve been able to find any substance with her. It forced me to consider questions many and uncomfortable, and the result is (in my opinion) a much more realistic character with far more realistic struggles and goals.

Failure isn’t always bad. It helps us rethink our preconceptions and reevaluate the problems we need to solve. It causes us to step back and look at everything from a different vantage point.

Failure is not a moral deficiency. Failure to try…? Well, I’m less certain on that.

From the shores of Wicket Lake,