Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams
It's hard to be patient in our instant gratification nation. Yet when it comes to creative writing patience and perseverance are key. For most writers it takes years to develop a daily writing practice, establish a writing schedule and keep at it in spite of the rejections. The successful writers I know count on the other writers giving up. It's difficult to daily face the blank page sit down at the keyboard and write. But like any positive habit if you take action for 21 days it will most likely become a permanent habit.
Today think about the times when you were ready to give up and instead sent out another query or another submission...what have you learned about patience and perseverance? If you haven't succeeded at daily writing why not try for the next 21 days...set an appointment with yourself, watch one less hour of television,challenge yourself to write 15 minutes every day for 21 days.
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The Writing Nag
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