To succeed at writing, you need patience and perseverance. As James Baldwin said:
If you don’t dig in to pursue your long-term writing goal, then your manuscript will become another dust gatherer.
Angela Duckworth is a psychologist, academic and popular science author who’s studied grit—which she defines as “passion and perseverance for long-term goals.“
She’s devised a test to measure your grit:
Click on MORE ABOUT GRIT for information about what this means.
I scored 4.59 out of 5—“higher than about 95% of American adults in a recent study“—proving what my mother used to say about me, that I‘m mule-headed!
How did you do?
A heartening story about an author who persevered for ten years, through 200 rejections, before getting published.
Brian Conaghan found himself in the running for the overall Costa Book Award, having won the children’s prize.
Coatbridge writer Brian Conaghan wins Costa book award – BBC News
Hope for us all!
I’m too bloody-minded to quit—some call this determination—others stubbornness.
I just hope that I don’t end up like one of those fighters who won’t admit defeat, staying in the ring until they turn the lights out!