12 most gumptious ways to display grit in your writing

If you want to be a good writer, you need grit. Build your supply by being a tough editor and working through setbacks, among 10 other ways.

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There’s one talent more useful to writers than the ability to dream up sensational stories, write quickly and fluently, and sit at a computer for hours without losing their minds.

It’s called grit. Do you have it?

Take this quick quiz to find out.

The website doesn’t say it, but I’m pretty sure Angela Lee Duckworth, a researcher at Penn and highly engaging TED speaker, developed the scale. Watch her six-minute talk on grit here:

Here’s how grit can improve your writing:

1. Write every day—whether you feel like it or not.

If you don’t take the time to write, your words won’t end up on paper. The diligence of showing up and writing can be hard to muster.

Do it, and you have grit (and soon, a manuscript.) Don’t, and you won’t have anything to show for your talent.

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