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A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

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chapter 5FIND BALANCE, BE PRODUCTIVE

“If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.”

—SAMUEL BUTLER, FROM THE NOTE-BOOKS OF SAMUEL BUTLER

Surely you know one or more prolific writers who produce so much material that you wish you could bottle their energy and drink it down later for yourself. You may picture them at their desks, typing away, with papers stacked manuscript-high beside them. (And maybe it’s only me, but I always imagine these productive writers sitting before old-fashioned typewriters. That’s how romantic and fantastic the notion is in my head.) Perhaps you even feel a little envious or resentful of their output: Hey, that could be ...

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