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Today is a part of your success story. That is the complete truth. Twenty years from now, you’re going to be telling your story to someone, and you’re going to include this. Right here. You might succinctly sum up a few years in a nutshell, but you’ll still include it…

Today is a part of the story of how you made it.

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Writing is a very solitary activity. Writing ambitions are even more solitary, because they rely almost entirely upon your own ability to write, complete a project and submit it to publishers or agents. And it’s hard. So hard.

It’s also easy to stop. There is no one standing over you, reminding you of your goals. No one is demanding you finish your book. You could take today off, and literally no one on this planet would care. It’s sobering, isn’t it? And this is why so many people would like to write a book, but haven’t. It’s also why so many people have started writing a book, but didn’t finish it. I’m not judging, I’m sympathizing. It’s HARD. But I can tell you this: if you stop trying, it will affect the story you’re able to tell later on.

How will you tell the story of today?

“The kids were young, and I was just exhausted. I remember this one day when they’d torn the house to shreds, and I had to choose between cleaning and writing, and…”

“It was the worst day! I had gotten a rejection, and I was really depressed about it. I remember thinking it couldn’t get any worse, and then my toddler threw up into my hands…”

“Those were hard years. I was working full time, writing in the evenings, and I had no idea if I’d ever get my big break…”

“I had this idea for a quirky little book. It actually started out as a joke with my sister! But I started writing it, and I just fell in love with the characters… If I knew then that it would become such a hit…”

“My cousin told me that I’d never make it. She outlined all the reasons why I was crazy for even trying. I mean, she’s eaten her words since, but…”

The hardest years are your glory years–the part of the story that gets the most interesting. The hardest years are the story you tell when you’ve made it–the agony that it took to get there. Today, no matter how hard it is, is a part of your success story.

How are you going to tell it?