What’s the Most Important Quality in a Novelist? Patience

Over the five years it took me to write my novel, I was skeptical of this notion. I saw what was possible — my finished novel — and my mouth was watering to have it done. I wanted it sooner, not later. Unfortunately that’s not the way it works. As months turned into years, and I felt disgusted by the mere sight of my manuscript, I realized that successfully completing a novel had more to do with patience and trust in the process than talent or inspiration. Or as the Buddhists call it, “taming the monkey mind.”