But if you don’t want to work your ass OFF,
you have no business trying to write well –
settle back into competency and be grateful
you have even that much to fall back on.
I’ve been writing for a long time. I’m better at it now than I was a few years ago, than I was ten years ago. I make it a point to learn something from every acceptance and every rejection, from writing conferences, from talking with readers and writers, with agents and editors, from reading novels and stories and books on the craft.