"It is not our ambition to fill museums; we are gathering experience.”

The everyday experience of working artists is that they routinely fail to hit their mark, to draw the best line, to choose the stronger word, to sound the right note, and these are the stakes that make success in art so satisfying. The admission of this fact can and should liberate the artist-in-training to play the harder and thus learn the more in an atmosphere of passionate experimentation.

Teachers of writing: Hit refresh now by clicking over to Daniel Bosch's "Cover Letter," at 3:AM Magazine