I loved the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I found the words of Junot Diaz, the author who struggled to complete the book for seven years, equally inspiring.
“Because, in truth, I didn’t become a writer the first time I put pen to paper or when I finished my first book (easy) or my second one (hard). You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”
(Read the whole article here.)
This may sound depressing to some, but if he wrote it… and then went on to write a fantastic Pulitzer Prize winning novel… well you get the picture.