I’m a Prime Writer. This past month, I’ve been the guest curator for The Prime Writers, a lovely collection of writers who are all “in their prime”, meaning we all published our first novels over the age of 40. So what? Age is just a number, and we are a nice contrast to all those “best of” lists for those under 40 or 30 or 12. (The Telegraph’s even in on the act, citing Mary Wesley – and the Prime Writers.)
In today’s blog post, I wrapped up a series on “what made a difference” – what were the most important steps that got our writers from aspiring to published. Was it pursuing an MA that led them to an agent? Was it a professional course that got them to an editor? There are links to the whole month’s worth of blog posts about all the different ways we got to where we wanted to be, but, in this last post, we also talk about maybe the most important writing tool of all – grit: the ability to keep going, even when it looks like you’ll never finish your book or find the team who can help you realise your papery dreams. True grit.