Alice Munro, who recently won a 2013 Nobel Prize in literature, once was a mother with young children. She wanted to write, but she didn’t have time to produce a novel.
Instead, Munro, now 82, wrote short stories.
“For years and years, I thought that stories were just practice till I got time to write a novel,” she told The New Yorker in 2012.
In announcing Munro’s Nobel, the Swedish Academy called her “a master of the contemporary short story.”
We are inspired by her story. She had a goal, and that goal was writing. She practiced and persisted. She didn’t achieve her goal in exactly the way she had imagined, but she definitely did succeed.