he truth is, to succeed as a writer, two qualities are essential: discipline and perseverance. (Notice that I did not mention talent!) Discipline means sitting down at your desk, doing the work—whether you feel like it or not. Waiting for the so-called “muse” can be a hopeless proposition and, at best, produces sporadic periods of writing.
As with achieving success in any endeavor, perseverance separates the real from the want-to-be writer. Writing is a messy process, sometimes easy, sometimes not so easy, and sometimes hard. As a writer, you’ve got to be willing to wade through a jumble of ideas, working through various drafts until you discover the essential kernel that ties the story together. You’ve got to believe in yourself, even when it seems as though no one else does. And, above all, never give up.