Writing is one of those things. You can treat it like an art, or a science. But you must learn to be objective about your own work.
Harshness ahead. You were warned.
There have been a very few instances when I’ve encountered a writer who is clearly wasting his/her time. I know, we’re not supposed to talk about it. We’re not supposed to admit (among ourselves) that any of us could be wasting his/her time. Yet, clearly, there are people in this field who are wasting their time. I know. I’ve met them. They are few in number, but they do exist.
Sure, 90% of the business is work ethic and never quitting. But if you don’t have the other 10% (imagination + style + insight + voice + creativity + ability to learn + yadda yadda) then you’re kind of trying to paddle up the Mississippi with a soggy flap of cardboard.
In each of the these few instances (and they truly are few) the writer in question had been struggling for decades (yes, plural) with…
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