The Art & Craft of Perseverance

A few days ago, the best-selling author James Lee Burke said something in an interview that caught my attention. Here’s a little taste:

JLB: I used to teach creative writing, and sometimes a student would say, “Hey, Jim, do you think I have talent? Do you you think I should stay with it?” I would avoid answering the question because it was the wrong question.

Interviewer (Lindsey O’Conor): What’s the right question?

JLB: There would be no question. The real writer couldn’t care less if other people think he has talent or not. Every writer knows—a real writer, real artist, knows he has it. He never doubts it.
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My 2¢: Keep calm & carry on.