This week I’m starting a series of blogs called the Nine Pillars of the Writing Life. The series is an outgrowth of my own experiences as an author and draws extensively on the work I’ve done with other writers. Writers who have taught me, writers who have encouraged me, and writers I have worked with and, I hope, helped in their own writing journeys.
Writing is a journey. One that doesn’t have an end in this life. There is always something to write, always a story to tell, always a truth or an insight to share. As a fiction writer, my characters lead me in the exploration of the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of life, revealing new things about myself and the world.
The first pillar I want to explore is Persistence Trumps Talent.
There are a lot of people who have the talent to write but they don’t get published. They don’t think they have the time. Or, they think they lack the grammar and spelling skills. Or, they think they’re too old or too young.
They don’t realize the craft of writing can be learned. Age and educational background don’t matter.
Or, they don’t think they have the talent to write. Talent can be developed through practice, practice, practice. We have a seed of innate talent but it must be developed whether it’s baseball, a musical instrument, a profession such as doctor or lawyer, and writing.
Persistent people triumph because they don’t quit, not because they’re more gifted. Quitting is never an option.
Talent can be learned. Persistence is the quality that can’t be imposed from the outside. There’s not a magic pill for it. Persistence comes from within. It’s that drive to succeed, to overcome obstacles, to persevere.
Join the conversation. How has persistence helped you in your writing journey?