David Biespiel of Portland's own Attic Institute is a frequent contributor to The Rumpus' Poetry Wire.

Yesterday they published one of his articles called "FOLLOW YOUR STRENGTHS, MANAGE YOUR WEAKNESSES, AND DON’T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS."

For a "blog post," it's a very long read — but well worth your time, especially if you're prone to harsh self-critcism.

If I can try to summarize his argument, it goes something like this...

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Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from the preface to Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces by David Biespiel. David is an award-winning poet, teacher, and president of the Attic Institute— which provides instruction, editing, workshops, weekend-retreats, and more for both professional and aspiring writers.

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If you only read one sentence in this book I hope it’s this one: A lot of the time just sticking with it is what this whole business of writing, making art, playing music, making songs, performing, and living a creative life is all about.

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