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From Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing

If you’re waiting for the green light, the go-ahead, the reassuring wand to tap your shoulder and anoint you as a writer, you’d better pull out your thermos and folding chair because you’re going to be waiting a good long while.

It’s strange and challenging, glorious and devastating, this business of being a writer. Every day, a new indignity. The rejection is without end. … We writers are a thin-skinned, anxious lot, and often feel like we’re getting away with something, that we’re going to be revealed, at any moment, as the frauds we really are.

But when we give ourselves permission, we move past this. The world once again reveals itself to us. We become open and aware, patient and ready to receive it. We give ourselves permission because we are the only ones who can do so.