... Scott displayed the attribute that makes the difference between successful writers and failures: perseverance. No matter how many times his story had been rejected he kept sending it out. And finally sold it. A successful writer needs three attributes:
• Talent , which is innate. No one can teach you talent.
• Craft, which can be learned (...)
• Perseverance. Of the three, the most important is perseverance. Writing is a hard, lonely, often bitter calling. Only tremendous perseverance can see a writer through the pains of disappointment and rejection. Only those writers who persevere can become successful.
But craft is almost equally important. A carpenter who can't drive nails straight isn't going to make much of a living as a carpenter. Neither will a writer who cannot construct stories well.
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