I have been writing all my life and even as a young lad I knew it was my life goal to become a writer. And I also knew it would take me many years to obtain my dream.
To be a writer and to make the most of your talents you need to be both disciplined and persistent. And whenever you feel tempted to give up on a piece of work - and it does happen to us all - it is essential you keep going. As Brian Hays once noted, 'If you've got the guts to stick it out ... you're going to make it.'
As writers we continually need to get up after setbacks and rejections and keep going.
The road to success (and publication) may at times seem a long and arduous one but it is reachable.