Learning to Write XIII
Iteration – it means you repeat it, you do it over and over again. And this ability, to iterate, is a writer’s greatest virtue. It is what separates him or her from all the other people who would like to be writers but who don’t sit down to write every day.
If you want to be a writer, especially a novelist, you have to be stubborn.
Writing a novel is about writing, reading what you have written and rewriting. It is about taking that second draft, reading it, rewriting and then rereading and again rewriting over and over again until it works.
If you want to be a writer, especially a novelist, you have to be obstinate.
In the process of writing a novel there is a lot of space for self-doubt. Can you take the knocks, do the rewrites, end up with seventy or one-hundred-thousand words, the vast majority of which are essential to the whole manuscript?
Make your own list of now famous novels that were turned down x number of times before some indomitable writer insisted that another publisher’s reader take a look at it.
If you want to be a writer, especially a novelist, you have to be pig-headed.