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Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 4, NO.4-October 2006 57 ISSN: 1541-6224


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Recently, I was gifted with the best writing quotation of the season. It follows. "I don't know how many times I read this Gene Fowler quote: 'Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead'" (Weinberg, 2006, p. 8). The quote captures the truth of the writing enterprise. It isn't easy. In fact, if you don't bleed a little and feel some pain, you aren't putting enough effort into your work. There are a slew of adages about effort and work. All hold a kernel of truth about the linkage between the amount of effort that is invested in a task and the product that emerges from the effort.