If I were to name the single most important character trait for a writer’s success, I would say perseverance. Perseverance is defined as “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement” (Dictionary.com). If that doesn’t describe the writer’s life, I don’t know what does.
Perseverance is the act of continually moving forward despite all obstacles and setbacks. It is the ability to resist discouragement and to hold on to hope in the face of hopelessness. It is the decision to succeed no matter what stands in the way of success.
I have yet to meet a successful writer who has not developed perseverance. Without it, the most talented writers fail. With it, the least talented writers succeed.
Is perseverance in your cadre of character traits? If not, you can place it there. As Winston Churchill once said, ““Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
Choose to unlock your writing potential today by persevering in your writing efforts. Develop perseverance by refusing to let anything stand in the way of your writing success.
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