Driving home from school pick-up the other day, my son asked me if it was ever a good thing to be stubborn. I suspected someone had perhaps called him that, so I hesitated to give my first answer, which was no. I said, ‘yeah sure, perhaps sometimes.’ Fortunately, he didn’t expect any examples from me, because at the time, I couldn’t think of any.
It occurred to me three days later, as I sat stubbornly, like a pit bull, in front of my manuscript, daring the muse to ignore me one more time, that being stubborn, being bloody-minded, being aaarghh-I-will-do-this was a necessary trait for a writer.
Writers need to be not only determined and persistent, they need to be stubborn too. When the rejection slip comes in. When you can’t write the ending. When the sun is shining and calls you outside. When your friend/partner/blog feels neglected. When cleaning the bathroom suddenly seems more appealing than writing dialogue.