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“Some writers swear by outlines. Some writers swear at them.”
“What successful authors have in common, besides talent, is tenacity. Both qualities are good to have, but if you must pick only one, choose the latter. A writer without talent who persists is far more likely to succeed than a talented writer who gives up.”
“Be patient and persevere. I continually hear from editors that if you believe in yourself, take your writing seriously, and keep at it, the payoff is sure to come.”