Andrew Ngin
4 min readMar 11, 2023

or the art of perseverance

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Have you ever had this experience?

You submit something for a competition. It may be a writing or a short film competition. You tell yourself that it is not the winning that matters. Then the results come out. You did not win. Worse. A piece of work you deem to be inferior had won instead. You laugh it off. But deep inside, you feel that seed of bitterness start to take root.

Or you may have submitted a book proposal that took you months to complete. But months pass and you don’t hear anything from the publishers.

How do you feel now?

I think that seed of bitterness has now sprouted roots and leaves. You begin to question your motivations in even starting on any creative project. And what about that sense of failure? The one you thought you had left far behind in your creative life.

It is now creeping up.

It is now catching up.

When that happens, I would recommend that you read this book titled WRITING AND FAILURE by Stephen Marche. I will quote liberally from the book. Upon first reading the…



Andrew Ngin

Man In The Arena . Once a lecturer. Written television, films, short stories. Older. Singaporean. Still writing. Always with love