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Word Count: 100
“‘Wanting to be a writer and not wanting to be rejected is like wanting to be a boxer and not wanting to get punched.’” Elise types, continuing with, “Ray Bradbury said, ‘You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.’
“Harper Lee suggested the writer ‘develop a thick hide.’
Elise’s muse taunts her. “Hackneyed quotes from successful authors.”
Elise backspaces and taps out, “The author gropes fragile branches keeping her head above muddy waters of despair. That’s depth. Golden verbiage. Pulitzer material.”
“You sure about that?” The muse snorts.
Elise rereads her words. “Ugh.” Control-A-Delete. “I’m going swimming.”