The One Trait Every Writer Needs
Originally posted on June 25, 2014 on my Only for the Brave blog, I offer this advice again. It’s advice that never gets old.
This trait is the one trait that finally saw me getting my first novel published. Originally, I had said if I wasn’t published with a novel by the time I turned 40, I would quit. At 40, I was so close, I couldn’t quit. At 42, I published my first book.
It’s a trait no writer should be without.
The one trait a writer can’t be without is PERSISTENCE.
The persistent writer:
- Submits their work.
- Accepts rejection. (It’s not personal).
- Accepts criticism.
- Wants criticism because they know growth occurs when mistakes are pointed out. Plus, criticism means the writer engaged the reader, of if nothing else, hit a nerve.
- Pays attention to the details.
- Rewrites or revises, and rereads for polishing again.
And, repeats steps 6 & 7 repeatedly until SUCCESS (acceptance/publication) is finally achieved.