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Blogging Insights NF # 49 — “Stick-to-it-ive-ness”


” The difference between writers who finish books and those who don’t– is that the finishers don’t stop writing until they get to : THE END.” —- Brian Hutchinson, author of Writer’s Doubt.


Today’s quote continues the discussion we began last week. What I wanted from last week’s quote was an emphasis on perseverance for all writers and, by extension, bloggers. Somehow, it turned into a debate on amateur versus professional writers.

So many thoughts, ideas, dreams, remain just thoughts, ideas and dreams. They fail to turn into books, articles, or blog posts because the perseverance to see the task through to the end is lacking. This “stick-to-it-ive-ness” as I like to call it , accounts for success in any field, not just writing or blogging.

Whatcdo you think? I would love to know.

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Bryan Hutchinson has two books on para-normal experiences and a blog called Posotive Writers to his credit


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18 thoughts on “Blogging Insights NF # 49 — “Stick-to-it-ive-ness”

  1. 🤔 I will have to politely disagree with the quote.

    In regards to writing books (which usually comprise of hundreds of pages), you have to do the writing in parts; thus taking a break at intervals.

    Authors have lives too. Therefore, they have other aspects of their lives to attend to.

    I can see an author spending hours writing a chapter or two and stopping for a break.

    The important thing is the writer’s willingness to complete the book.

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    1. I agree with all of your points.
      I think what the quote means is keeping at it slowly but steadily and consistency. It could be something like keeping your day job and still regularly taking some time out of your day to write. That is how it is for most authors until they make it big.


  2. This is all about fiction, right? As far as I can tell, no one talks about other kinds of writing. I understand fiction carries different baggage than non-fiction. Unless you have a publishing contract with a looming publication date, when or if you finish a book is personal. It doesn’t always happen the way you want. Sometimes, you get drawn into other work and/or life gets in your way. It’s why fiction writing tends to remain a hobby for many people.

    And finally, I’m not sure why finishing a book is different than finishing other jobs. As far as I know, every job requires completion. It’s not a separate thing. If you are a professional writer — always non-fiction — you are expected to finish the project. Just like every other job.

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    1. I think professional fiction writing, with contracts to honour and deadlines to meet should be the same as any other kind of work.
      The quote would apply more to first time novelists or “non professional ” writers.
      But this is just my opinion since writing has only been a hobby for me. You, being a professional writer are able to make better comments.


  3. “Writing, my friend, is not about perfection, it’s not about grammar or punctuation. It’s not about being the best or pleasing anyone. It’s about telling the stories you want to tell, truth or fiction. It’s about putting words together”
    ― Bryan Hutchinson, Serious Writers Never Quit: They Find The Way

    I think ultimately it doesn’t matter what one writer thinks over that of another writer as each author, writer, completer, starter and finisher alike will each have their own recipe for writing.

    I think at times authors have the ability to become a little pompous about who they are, what they have published and what they consider accomplished versus not.

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      1. It’s an observation Tanya, way too many writers including Bryan have an opinion that isn’t always perceived as ideal or right. Authors who are published have their own recipes for what they think is right and wrong.

        I see the same dialogue from poetry writers of what they think is right and wrong poetry – it always comes down to a matter of opinion and observation 🙂

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      2. Precisely – it’s always down to the reader and what they think and whether they are influenced by what they have read and also if they are going to action how they have interpreted those words and decide whether it fits and is great advice or move on and not be affected 🙂

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