Writing failure got you down? No matter how hard you try, you can't sell any books? You're depressed. Thinking of quitting. Getting a real job. (You must be really depressed if you're that low!)
Well, I'll have to say to you is, 'You're in a good place.'
Don't fight your failure. It's making you a better writer. Deepening you as an artist. How do you think the great writers became great? By being happy? By succeeding? Of course not. They became great by being pulverized by failure, unacknowledged and passed by, while crappy writers all around them flourished.
So do you want to be a crappy writer or a great writer?
I'm a golfer. (Don't hold it against me.) I have been so unbelievably frustrated trying to play that game. I've worked so hard at it and have for forty years done just a slice better than stinking! But you know what I tell myself when I'm dragging my weary bones off the course, nearly gagging on the frustration and depression? I tell myself, This is making me a better writer.
Failure is your steeping stone to success. Embrace it. If you do. If you outlast it. You will wear it out and succeed.
Catherine Ponder, a writer who has experienced tremendous failure herself, writes in her book The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity:
By refusing to give up or give in to failure, failure is finally worn out by your persistence and gives up its power to success.
Don't dabble with failure. Dig into it. Dig into it and don't let go until one day you reach the absolute bottom.
I have a paper weight on my desk with a quote from Albert Einstein:
In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
And Einstein also said:
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
So hang tough! Stay with that failure of yours till you wear it out, and it turns into success.
The phenomenal novelist Iris Murdoch wrote:
A problem is a star; an unsolvable problem is a sun.
Your problem is no problem. It's your ticket to success.