To locate the strengths that people need to complete a book came from an email–Writing Cooperative sent it.
The author said that writers need delayed gratification. This is because writing a book is a long-term project. In order to write without torturing yourself with the writing reception, it is better to have an attitude of “I don’t care” about delayed gratification.
The next trait that writer’s need to complete a book is discipline. To sit down day after day, and then to edit the entire manuscript required a lot of discipline. I think most writers fall down about this one trait. People I know what are highly self-motivated can complete a novel or any long-term project but I know so many would-be writers that never complete a manuscript.
Another one of the strengths that people need to complete a book is realizing that the whole thing is a crap shoot. There is a small change it will be published and sold in stores. This makes delayed gratification and discipline more difficult. If one can spend a year on a novel with little chance it will be published, then the person has accepted that the whole project is a crap shoot.
So, the article continues, the writer has to be strong, and believe in him/herself that the novel will sell or at least teach enough to the writer that they are enthused and willing to start all over on a new book. I don’t know how you measure strength. I’ve lived through a divorce, injury, chronic pain and fatigue, and still I carried on. Lost of business to my ex who then crashed the business anyway. So I guess that’s strength.
It can be difficult to put yourself out there as you do in a novel or non-fiction books. Only you have stories to write and they are different than other people’s stories. Only you are the individual that can put yourself out there. It is definitely one of the strengths people need to complete a book.
The next trait, I do not understand. It’s hypergraphia. This is the opposite of writer’s block and it occurs when a writer can’t stop writing. I think you have to take time off for self-care and leisure activities and these can be eliminated if one of obsessed with writing. But I am not sure most novels are completely by people obsessed with writing.
The last strength people need to complete a novel is to demolish t he idea that you can be too old to write. I am seventy and I need to write.
That’s all the strengths people need to complete a book.