on Jane Friedman site:
They say everyone has a book inside them, but few have the talent, skills, and wherewithal to actually write and publish that book.
Talent? Frankly, I think talent is pretty common, and that most people who really love books have the essential spark of what it takes to write one.
Skills? Those are harder to come by, and generally pretty expensive to come by, whether you’re paying in cash, time, or both.
But having recently completed my fourth novel manuscript—and coached countless writers through the same process—I can honestly say that this business of wherewithal, or grit, is by far the biggest factor in that equation.
Grit is often seen as the stubborn plowing ahead, the continuing to do, do, do despite life’s various indignities, rejections, and setbacks. And it certainly is that—but also, I think, something more