“Hodge was so enamored of Crouch’s books that he wrote the pilot script for Wayward Pines on spec, meaning he worked for several weeks without the guarantee that he’d ever get paid.”
Oh shit. Several weeks? That is brutal. How ever did he maintain such superhuman persistence over such a lengthy time period with only the probability, not the certainty, of getting paid? If I were to give up writing, I would only have myself to blame for not succeeding, since I never showed as much persistence as this master of the will.