Writing Can Be Hard, But Persevere

Hey Eagles, Happy Friday!

Writing can be hard, but it builds character.  One of the character traits that gains lots of muscle is perseverance.  A few years ago, when I taught English, most of my students had the “get her done” attitude about writing.  They believed that the first draft should be the final draft.  Once, I had them to write on a wrinkled paper bag for a first draft, just to force them to create another draft.  Recently, I have been writing a signature talk and has been like pulling teeth to get this piece out of me.  But I know I have to put my pride to the side and create more than one draft until I get it just right.  We all want to be perfect on the first time around.  Well, in writing, that is hard to do.

This Week I ran across an article called, “21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips from Great Authors” by  Cody Delistraty.  Delistraty created a list of 21 quotes from well-known writers.  Each quote echoes perseverance.  There is no such thing as giving up for anyone who wants to become an author, blogger, and/or brander.  We can only grow if we keep at it.  Here are just a few of those 21 quotes:


  • If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do.

—William Zinser


  • I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. —Harper Lee


  • You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.  –Jack London


  • There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately,  no one knows what they are.

–W.  Somerset Maugham


  • If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time—or the tools—to write. Simple as that.

–Stephen King


Be encouraged.  Even Stephen King received a boat load of rejection letters, but he used each one to fuel him towards his goals.

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips from Great Authors by Cody Delistraty

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