Of all the writers I’ve known and taught, writers I’ve even been in workshop with, whose brilliance and lyrical gifts awed and humbled me, it was almost never those achingly beautiful writers who went on to publish and make a career for themselves. It was the middle-of-the-pack writers who kept plugging away, who listened and absorbed the criticisms leveled at them, revised and rewrote, and when it seemed they had been beaten down by peers, teachers, agents and publishers, they dusted themselves off, sat back down at their desks, and started a new project.

via Leonard Chang – Determination and Stamina.

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