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7 Secrets of Highly Persistent Writers

jordanrosenfeld [1]Please welcome Jordan Rosenfeld [2], author of five books and hundreds of articles published in places such as: AlterNet, the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, The Rumpus, Salon, the Washington Post, The Weeklings, and Writer’s Digest magazine. She is mom to a left-handed 6-year-old boy and a hand-talker fond of hyperbole.

I’m a poster child for persistence, having taken just about every circuitous route, side-alley and back door to publishing success you can imagine. My persistence led to the publication of my new book: A Writer’s Guide to Persistence [3] (Writer’s Digest Books), which is both a love letter to writers and a gentle prod to keep at it.

Connect with Jordan [4] on her blog, on Facebook [5], and on Twitter [6].

7 Secrets of Highly Persistent Writers

There are always going to be blockbuster writers who make success look easy, but comparison will leave you feeling empty and uncertain. And there are countless how-to books and many more online seminars that claim to have the bullet proof answer to publishing fame and fortune. But the only successful strategy I’ve ever seen work for writers to achieve their writing and publishing goals is persistence.

And what, precisely is persistence? Is it something you’re born with, a gene that switches on as soon as you take your first English class? Of course not. Persistence is an attitude of flexibility and curiosity, rooted in passion or love for your craft, bolstered by treating your entire writing journey as a practice. In a practice, you are working a little bit every day (and sometimes a lot), and you focus on the moment more than the end goal.

[pullquote]…The only successful strategy I’ve ever seen work for writers to achieve their writing and publishing goals is persistence. And what, precisely is persistence? Is it something you’re born with, a gene that switches on as soon as you take your first English class? Of course not.[/pullquote]

Here are seven secrets of highly persistent writers that you can adopt too:

Try to remember that everything you do for your writing practice is like collecting individual rain drops in a bucket. On their own, each sentence, each story, each bright, tiny moment of success may not seem like much, but they add up to so much more than you can see at any given moment. If you’re always looking ahead and never back at the accumulation, you’ll miss out on what you’ve already accomplished.

Your joys, your obsessions, your curiosities and interests are deeply important in persisting at a writing practice. Where can you draw passion from about what or why you write? What burns hotly inside you and needs to be expressed? And who are the people who can best support you in doing this?

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