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A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

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chapter 4TAME TIME

“The time you spend on art is the time it spends with you; there are no shortcuts, no crash courses, no fast tracks. Only the experience.”

—JEANETTE WINTERSON, FROM THE ESSAY “THE SECRET LIFE OF US”

You know what they say about time: There’s never enough of it. It’s not on your side. It’s elusive and wily and always seems just out of reach, especially if you live in the modern world with its copious responsibilities. Writers are always trying to find it, net it, and pin it down like a precious butterfly from a rare Amazon jungle.

I feel your pain, so I’ll get the hard truth out of the way first: Time is nonnegotiable in a writing practice. You need it; your writing practice needs it. Without time, you have neither writing nor ...

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