Who would I choose to be stuck on a deserted island with? A writer who has learned how to survive failure. Continuous rejection tends to whittle away our spirits, and some give up. Others like children's author Diane Z. Shore keep on going, and after 8 years and 300+ rejections, finally sell something. Today, remind yourself that failure is an essential part of learning and a huge aspect of being a writer. Expect to fail, and expect to eventually succeed.