What sets a successful writer apart from those who struggle or who just can’t seem to get a break? Talent and ability are two factors. As are marketing and connections.
But those aren’t the main factors in the success of many writers. More often than not, their success comes down to being scrappy.
What do I mean by that? Being scrappy is about persistence. It’s about fighting and struggling and clawing to get what you want. It’s about facing disappointments and mistakes, learning from them, and continuing. It’s about learning and improving.
Being scrappy is about not giving up on your goals and dreams, no matter how far away or unrealistic they seem to be.
You might never reach your goals as a writer. But in trying to reach them, you have a great opportunity to grow and improve as a writer. And you never know what avenues and opportunities might present themselves.
Being scrappy is a big part of the puzzle of becoming a successful writer. But without an ability to write, without the ability to market yourself and your work and your services, being scrappy alone won’t bring you success.
Thoughts? As always, your comments are welcome.
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