John Green On Failure: VIDEO

By Maryann Yin 

How do you move forward after achieving great success? John Green shot a new video for the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel to discuss “failing to follow up The Fault in Our Stars.”

Green revealed that in the past four years since the publication of The Fault in Our Stars, he was unable to finish several writing projects. Currently, he’s been working on a story that he’s been “writing just for fun.”

In the past, many other authors have also talked about failure including Harry Potter series creator J.K. RowlingBetter Than Before author Gretchen Rubin, and Trigger Warning writer Neil Gaiman. In 2015, MacArthur Fellow Gene Luen Yang and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison contributed pieces about this topic to NEA Arts Magazine. How do you deal with failure?