It takes patience to be a writer. A full length novel will be thousands and thousands of words long. Writing a book doesn't happen overnight. When I first started writing my book, it revolved around life insurance fraud. After talking to experts I realized what I wanted to happen couldn't happen, or if it did--it would be the exception rather than a common occurence. So my book changed.
It takes patience to be a writer. Even when you think your more or less done, you're not. I've read my entire book at least four times looking for typos or inconsistencies. I've revised a lot. I've had three people, including a professional editor look at my book. It's ready. Now comes the really hard part. The query process.
It takes patience to be a writer How depressing is it to find yet another rejection letter in your in-box? You know your book is good. You figure it's your query letter, so you rewrite and rewrite the query letter. My query letter was looked at by a woman who sent out 12 query letters and received 9 requests for partials. She knows how to write a good query letter, and I'm still getting rejected. Do you think I'm gonna say, "Screw this, I"m done."? Nope.
It takes patience to be a writer. Maybe I should give up? Maybe my query letter still stinks, or the pages I send stink. Maybe my whole book stinks, and I just don't know it. Or, maybe my book is the next best seller, and those agents who have rejected me are gonna be sorry. Yeah, let's go with that one.
It takes patience to be a writer, and a lot of confidence in what you've written. I have both.