All writers need it.
Successful authors have it.
So, just what is “GRIT”?
According to best-selling author, Angela Duckworth, GRIT is “sustained perseverance and passion, especially for long-term goals.”
We are able to recognize it in ourselves and in fellow writers.
It’s determination to succeed.
It’s that fire in an author’s eyes when asked a question about writing or when a new idea for a book “pops” into their head.
It’s a lamp glowing on their desk at 2 A.M.
It’s that relentless scribbling of notes as the writer attends their umpteenth conference.
It’s that mesmerized look as a writer meets their favorite author in person for the very first time.
It’s hours, days, months, and even years of hard—and oftentimes—lonely work, punctuated with a willingness to forgo momentary pleasures in order to fulfill their dream.
It’s that smile on their face as they proudly display the cover of their new book for the camera while secretly planning the next one in their head.