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Alchemy

Some teachers will be easy to get along with and some won't. In life we seldom hand-pick our bosses, co-workers and clients according to likability. You need to learn to work with and for all kinds of people. Julia Cameron
Progress, even if that progress is in baby steps, is what writing is about. It is a place of transformation, of spiritual alchemy. We take whatever life has served us and we make something of it.  (From Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance.)

making it

Julia CameronThe Right to Write
It is interesting to me that we ask a question about the writing life that we do not ask about other professions. For example, we do not say, "What are your odds of making it as an investment banker? As an elementary-school teacher? As a chemist?" In those, and most professions, we assume that an interest in pursuing the career implies a probable proclivity for it and a reasonable chance for success. Not so with writing. The truth is, when you want a writing career and are willing to do the work to get it, the odds work with you, not against you. This is simple metaphysical law. As Goethe advised us, "Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it--for action has magic grace and power in it."