I sent a tweet to my friend Caroline Leavitt yesterday about her terrific Modern Love column that is in today’s New York Times. She tweeted back
Six times. Over years. And trust me if you haven’t read her work: Caroline can write! She’s published nine novels, most recently Pictures of You, which was a New York Times bestseller (and about which she wrote a really nice post here titled “The Story of My Start” a couple years ago). And she has a new novel, Is This Tomorrow, coming out in May.
Persistence. You haven’t heard that word here before, have you?
Remember: in order to be a real writer, you need to keep believing in yourself long beyond the point when a reasonable person would have ceased to do so.
P.S. For Modern Love fans, there is a delightful “statistical breakdown” piece in the Awl, by Bill Kelley.