Divine Miss S,
I read an interview with an agent a few years ago that had a ring of truth. She stated that perseverance was not the key to a writer's success. The logic being that if a first book was rejected, the writer often failed to understand that it's his writing that's being rejected. He might then go on to compose new novels with those very same mistakes.
Some of my friends have numerous novels in a drawer, and I don't want to follow down that path. I would much rather go after a much coveted degree in white water rafting and bartending so I can learn to make a killer Slow Gin Fizz on an inflated rubber raft.
I definitely advise you to quit writing at once if you don't understand the difference between the pace of imbibing -slow- and that which is imbibed - sloe - fizzy gin or otherwise.
And perseverance is so overrated. I've never ever heard Tiger Woods talk about practice. And Twyla Tharp never ever mentions it in The Creative Habit a book every writer should own two copies of (one for you, one for people to steal).
Yes the idea that perseverance is simply making the same mistakes over and over again is spot on. Thank Dog you mentioned it tonight. Now we can all go out and watch the Film Noir Festival at Film Forum.
post-first round of comments note: please understand that much of this post is what you literate types might call tongue-in-cheek. Please do not write to me and say "Tiger Woods does too talk about practice" or worse "the reason Tiger Woods doesn't talk about practice is cause media types don't let him". In fact, persevere in hunting up a dictionery to look up the word "snarkastic". Press on until you find it.