Failure is a scary word, a fearful state of mind, a situation we avoid. So much so that we don't attempt many things in life because we are convinced failing in it will be the worst thing ever.
When it comes to writing fiction, the writer's only responsibility is to look for the truth inside his own heart. It won't always be the reader's truth, or the critic's truth, but as long as it's the writer's truth - all is well.
The first few words scrawled by childish hands There was more colour than words. Magic, mystery, marvel, wonder.. weaved their way around the grubby scribbles
And so he dies. Immortality bequeathed to his characters, alas, was not granted the creator. But he lives in the parallel universes he created and through the juggernauts he breathed life into.
One of the best movies I have ever watched was and is The Matrix. It is in every way a symbolism of life as we know it, so cleverly captured. When Neo accepts the fact he is The One, he then achieves incredible feats.