GYWD 9: Why Grit Makes Great Writers

Episode #9

Is there a writer alive who hasn’t wondered at some if they would ever be able to finish a book or some other writing project? Maybe it was your first book and you didn’t know if you had it in you. Maybe it was your tenth book that you wrote while raising three kids and wrangling wild mustangs for a living. Or maybe it’s the book you’re working on right now and you’re stuck, and you’re not sure how to get unstuck.

What is the secret to finishing those books? Writing takes all kinds of of talents, but probably the single best predictor of wether a person is going to finish a book - any book or project - is how gritty they are. Are you willing to keep your eyes on the prize long enough to see things through? Are you willing to keep going when the going gets tough?

Today we’re talking about grit, and most importantly, how to build your grit muscle so you can get your writing done.

Angela Duckworth's Grit Scale
Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Mason Currey, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work