Forget Craft… This Is the Single Most Important Trait to Develop as a Writer

Taking a cue from the sports world on building resilience

Diona L. Reeves
3 min readMay 27

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Your team is down a point with less than two minutes in the game.

You’ve fended off push after push by the opponent, yet they keep coming.

You dart from one side of the ice to the other.

Their star player’s stick is on yours. He’s pushing hard, determined to block your path to the net.

The stakes are high, the series on the line.

Yet, somehow, you remain calm.

You’ve been here before. Many times, in fact.

You know how to adapt. How to sustain yourself and your game under pressure.

The puck glides your way. You tap it toward a teammate waiting to the left of the goalie.

He pretends to shoot but sends it back with a quick flick of his wrist.

The net is open.

You lift the puck ever so slightly with your stick.

The goalie tries to read your movements and crouches down, blocking the five-hole.

You chip the puck over his shoulder and the netting ripples from the force.

The clock runs out, and your team is victorious.

Anyone following the NHL this season can surely guess the team I’ve described. The Florida Panthers have been down and out more times this season than I care to count, yet they keep digging every game. After winning the Eastern Conference title this week, Coach Maurice shared an interesting tidbit in the post-game press conference. He said his players are comfortable being uncomfortable.

Imagine adopting that stance as a writer.

It’s demoralizing when you feel you’re doing everything you can but still aren’t getting anywhere. When you write every day but have yet to see the positive results of your efforts.

Some days you wonder if it’s worth it.

Enter resilience.

The American Psychological Association describes resilience like this:

Resilience is the process…

Diona L. Reeves

Author of The Prescott Diaries. Writes articles on productivity, the writing process, and this thing called life.