It takes patience to be a writer. Of course, it takes imagination, a way with words, familiarity with syntax and grammar, and lots more. But it also takes patience, an ability to hang in there and to endure the vagaries of the writing life. Whether defined as virtue or necessity, it doesn’t matter: if you have it, it works to your advantage; if you don’t, life is not always beautiful. It has something to do with emotional well-being.
Patience is surely required when the writer’s committed engagement (“Shut the door, I’m busy”) puzzles, intrigues, enamors, irritates, or in other ways draws the attention of family members, friends, or others not so engaged.
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