Here are three character traits that all writers need if they plan on being published. This is not an exhaustive list by any means but it’s just a little sample that will keep our careers in good stead.
1. PERSEVERANCE – All writers, both published and unpublished, will soon realize that perseverance is a key quality. You have to believe in yourself and your work and just keep sending work off to editors. I’ve read about someone who write pitch, after pitch, after pitch to lots of different editors and in the end they either blocked their email address or gave them work. They are now a full-time writer because of perseverance. It may seem like an extreme case but it worked for them.
2. THICK SKINNED – Let’s face it, nobody likes getting rejected. It’s painful and it knocks our confidence. In the world of writing getting rejected is all part of the process. Even famous writers get their work rejected, from time to time. JK Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, had many rejections for her book and one publisher even advised her to embark on a writing course! But look at her now, the first female novelist to become a billionaire. If she
3. COURAGE – To send something in to an editor in the first place. After all, you just never know when your work will be accepted. I remember when I started writing properly, I sent in loads of letters to magazines and nothing ever got published. I was discouraged even to the point of not planning to send any more letters off to editors. Then, out of the blue, I had a letter published! It wasn’t only one letter either. A few days later I’d had another one published too, in a different magazine. Then the following month I had my first article published! I was on a roll.
So keep sending things off because you never know when an editor will use your work.
had given up where would she be now? Another great example of perseverance.