The writer is not merely a creator. He must also be a soldier. A warrior. He must be able to withstand the world’s blows and keep on hammering through with that spark of creativity. Writers will bleed. They will know pain along their path. But they must have the strength to push forward, to drive themselves over bursts of disappointment and trenches of rejection to plant their flag in the fertile fields beyond.
Endurance is as great a friend as any other. And hopefully this week’s quotes will help drive that point home…
“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
~Jacob A. Riis
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”