Anyway, I just had this thought about writing the other day when I was talking to another writer about their project. They told me they'd been working on a book for a little over a year and hadn't made it past chapter 4. They asked me for tips on how to keep going.
I do believe their are stages in the writing process. Everyone is enamored with Stage 1 -- With the Honeymoon -- they love their idea. They love the idea of Step 4 (not shown on this graph) publishing the book, sitting in book signings, and selling a million books. But you have to get through steps three and four to enjoy that. And the plain old ugly fact of the matter is once you get past the honeymoon phase this crap is HARD. But I think Steps 2 is the point at which you determine whether you are a true writer...or just a dreamer with laptop and publishing fantasies. The true writers endure all three steps over and over and over again, even when they don't realize all their wishes and dreams in Step 4.
True writers persevere. Are you persevering?
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