Whenever I hear the thud of a rejection falling on the doormat (or pinging into my email inbox) I often imagine hearing four loud buzzers going off and four huge red crosses flashing above my head.
While many of these performers exhibited some impressive talents, sometimes it's the hidden talents that are the real heroes. Some of the acts told stories of trudging round the country performing in village halls, pubs and clubs, often away from home for weeks at a time. And despite not getting the break they longed for, they've continued doing what they believe in.
The talent of perseverance is one all writers need. We're going to get red buzzers, but with a talent of perseverance to practise our craft and to learn from our mistakes, we'll find ourselves getting through to bootcamp. And there will be times when everything seems to come together at the right time to produce something that results in the golden buzzer.
So, the next time someone asks you what your talent is, say you have two: you write, and you have perseverance.