Words of Encouragement and Despair

Writing requires tremendous perseverance. Everyone’s ability to read grows faster than their ability to write, which means that we’re almost always better critics than creators, a dynamic that can be frustrating. A lot of writers I know work hard and are unhappy with the results. I think discouragement is part of the process, and it’s actually a good sign. If you’re feeling disappointed by your writing, it means that you’re capable of getting better, that you can see the gap between what you’re currently able to write and what you hope to write.

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