What do most writers who fail have in common that makes them fail? Is it lack of talent? Is it poor material? Is it the struggle with self-discipline?
Hello, everyone. It’s the Old Soldier here ruminating about what it means to be a writer.
There are many different levels of success that a writer can achieve. Success seldom means a fat book contract with a movie tie-in. Success could mean publication in a small-circulation literary journal. It could mean an e-book that sells several copies a month. Success could mean winning a fellowship to a graduate writing program. Or success could mean a weekly column in a local, print newspaper.
But what keeps most writers who fail from achieving any level of success is simple: a lack of perseverance. They give up. Don’t you give up. Study your craft and keep writing.
And who knows. You might just be the one who gets that fat book contract.
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