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A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

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chapter 1LOVE THE JOURNEY

“Making the work you want to make means finding nourishment within the work itself.”

—DAVID BAYLES AND TED ORLAND, FROM ART & FEAR: OBSERVATIONS ON THE PERILS (AND REWARDS) OF ARTMAKING

Do you remember a time when you felt like words ran in your veins instead of blood; when ideas that were knocking around in your head crystallized on a crisp, white journal page; when you couldn’t wait for a few minutes alone to jot down a molten thought you’d held onto all day at work? At some point in your journey as a writer, you have likely experienced the exhilaration, satisfaction, relief, release, and joy of being a wordsmith and have hungered for more.

While each of us writes for different reasons, most of the writers I’ve known ...

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