The Slough of Despond

But then comes the dawning comprehension of all that a writer’s life implies: not easy day-dreaming, but hard work at turning the dream into reality without sacrificing all of its glamour; not the passive following of someone else’s story, but the finding and finishing of a story of one’s own; not writing a few pages which will be judged for style and correctness alone, but the prospect of turning out paragraph after paragraph and page after page which will be read for style, content, and effectiveness.
Dorothea Brande, Becoming a Writer, 42

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