Reality Blog: What Toddlers and Writers have in Common

Reality Blog: What Toddlers and Writers have in Common

February 2, 2022 | By Judith Culp Pearson | 1 Comment

When a baby starts to walk, it’s not a smooth process. There are a lot of abrupt sit-downs and falls. Most of the time, the toddler barely hesitates before hoisting themselves up and trying again. Not a single toddler who ever learned to walk just got up one day and successfully started expertly, or even amateurishly, walking. Falling down is part of learning to walk.

The process requires a lot of persistence — and it pays off. Fortunately, it’s built into our DNA.

I remembered hearing Stephen King had faced rejection in his efforts to get his first book published. I did some digging to see who else had to struggle and persist. What I found in my research? He wasn’t alone.

Here’s what we can learn from the stories of writers who had to overcome failure on their journey to success.



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Judith specializes in human to human copy and content; scripts, stories and emails interwoven with SEO marketing to maximize ROI. She uses result focused relationship building to engage readers and increase Customer Lifetime Value.

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  • Love this post, Judith!

    As the father of a 5-year-old, I often find myself hypnotized by watching my son as he tries, fails/learns, then succeeds with new tasks. I must say… I’m jealous of him more often than I’d care to admit (outside of this post, that is…lol).

    It’s vicariously liberating to watch his care-free approach to learning new tasks. I’m also filled with pride when he finally succeeds after all his perseverance.

    We, adults, can learn a thing or two from the kiddos!

    I especially love the reference to Stephen King’s admission of his (failed) attempt to trash the “Carrie” project. Fortunately for him (and a non-trivial number of readers and movie-goers), his wife intervened.

    I think it’s good to see that even the oft agreed-upon masters of the craft deal with the same fears/insecurities/frustrations as us mere mortals.

    Keep up the great work, Judith!

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