Hard work and perseverance are admirable traits , not to the point of neglecting health, friends, and family.
“To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.” – Jasper Johns
When I was seventeen years old, I kind of figured that I was better at writing than those around me. Had won a few competitions, and all my teachers were impressed by what I could write.
I wanted to be good. I wanted to be the best. I had the type of goals that one cannot utter out loud for fear of being locked away in a mental institution.
I liked to impress people, and then I would also impress myself.
I’d write short stories the day before a deadline. Soon, I became complacent. I thought that I was so good that I just had to stroll my fingers across a keyboard and magic would appear on my computer screen.
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