There is a fine line between persistence and stupidity. You know, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again? And again. And . . . doesn’t there come a time when trying isn’t getting it done, and it’s time to throw in the towel? Well, that depends. If you’re trying the same thing over and over, expecting different results . . . Hello! Isn’t that the definition of insanity?
Okay, granted, writers have to be a touch insane. Think about it. We work in solitude, actually paying attention to the voices in our heads. The many, many, MANY voices. Whole worlds exist in the ethereal brain matter, that elusive bit of us called the imagination. Of course we’re freaking insane.
That doesn’t mean we can’t learn from our mistakes.
So, back to the actual topic here: #6 on the Master List is Sticktoitiveness. No, I didn’t make that word up. To succeed at many things in life means you need to be comfortable with running into obstacles, getting up, trying again. Even if you run into another one. But, please, try another spot, or a new bucket on your head, because otherwise — *see above* If you can’t stick with something and see it through the rough patches, then either you don’t want it badly enough, or you don’t really want it at all. Nothing wrong with that. Admitting and letting go are great traits, and can free you to pursue that which you do want.
Just remember the fine line. Seriously. Some people say you can’t push a rope. I say, get it wet, freeze it, then push the damn rope. It can be done, you just have to stick with it and find a way.