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On Perseverance and Writing

The ideas! The words! Sometimes writing is so exciting (pardon the rhyme) and the thoughts come so fast it’s hard to keep up.

Other times it’s hard work. A mountain of work. Work tainted by despair: will anyone want to read it? Most writers serve a very long “apprenticeship” learning the craft, discovering their niche and finding a way to get their words “out there” in terms of paid publication.

It gets discouraging. We start to wonder if we’re wasting our lives. I had the privilege of guest posting this week at Seriously Write, and I shared how liberating it was to discover that writing is a gift that needs to be used. (Click the link to visit the post)

Photo of an elephant, with the text: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you (re)write a novel? One word at a time.

photo credit: Janet Sketchley