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A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

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chapter 2CREATE A PRACTICE

“We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.”

—TOBIAS WOLFF, FROM IN PHARAOH’S ARMY: MEMORIES OF THE LOST WAR

I love the word practice for its versatility. As a verb, it exhorts you to perform an exercise or skill regularly “in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency,” according to Merriam-Webster. As a noun, it is “the application or use of an idea or method.” To become the writer you hope to be, you must both engage in and sustain a practice. The great artists of the past apprenticed themselves to a master and practiced their art with the main goal of honing their craft. In today’s world, you will benefit from engaging in a similar relationship to your writing. The moment you see it as a “practice” ...

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