Geoff Nicholson’s tongue-in-cheek take on the “prolific” writer (“Can’t. Stop. Writing.”) ends by speculating on the importance of “failure” in the writing process. Leaving aside the issue of grades (to the extent that a student can), what is the impact (or even value) of the experience of failure in this process? When your own writing has fallen short of some perceived standard or expectation, have you been able to find value in the failure?