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The Creative Process: Hard Work & Discipline

October, 2023:
Great writers are those who devote themselves to the discipline of writing.  The painter Georgia O’Keeffe, known for her abstract paintings inspired by nature, knew from an early age that she wanted to be an artist.  In a letter to her sister, Catherine, she had this to say about the role of hard work in achieving success in one’s field:

“I’m frightened all the time. Scared to death. But I’ve never let it stop me. Never!” 

Even at the age of 90, with decades of awards and accolades behind her, O’Keeffe downplayed the importance of natural talent. Instead, she credited her impressive body of work to “mostly a lot of nerve, and a lot of very, very hard work.”

Writers: Success is yours if you have the nerve and the willingness to work hard!

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