To be a writer, a real working writer, you need a few things. I call them the Ps: pen, paper, passion, perseverance, and patience. The first two are obvious. But beyond the tools, you need to truly love your work. Not the praise, not the money (if there even is money), but the writing. Writing and publishing are hard -- sometimes brutal -- and you will not survive without being a little bit stubborn and a lot a bit hopeful and without working hard every single day. And lastly, patience truly is a virtue. Do not rush. Allow your stories to unfold at their own schedule, and your career to do the same.