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I didn't really know what I would write about today, but lately I've been thinking about things I achieved and other things that didn't happen the way I wanted due to rejection. Also, in the past few months I've worked on two manuscripts that were challenging: one with a disturbing topic and one that I've tried to finish for years, but I was able to complete the first (out with beta readers) and the second one is almost done (today I'll complete the first draft). To express this, I'll post some quotes that any writer will understand.
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Writing is work. It takes a lot of contemplation, concentration, and out-and-out sweat. People tend to romanticize it, that somehow your work appears by benefit of some mystical external force. In reality, to be a writer, you have to sit down and write. It's work, and often it's hard work.
Wendelin Van Draanen