For anyone interested in becoming an author let me tell you right now that the biggest challenge and obstacle you are going to face is yourself. We all have different challenges, situations, and responsibilities, but the reality that there are always more important pressing items to deal with. Since my last post I am trying to balance a new job, a new born baby, a very active preschooler, and my responsibilities of being a husband, father, son, friend, etc...
It is very easy to get pulled into any one of the numerous responsibilities that we all share, and quite honestly it would be irresponsible to neglect them. The challenge is getting back up once you are pulled off track. Any successful writer has wrestled with this dilemma, and has done so by perseverance and determination.
I've realized every part of this process is just as challenging as the previous step in new ways.
'...Hey once I finish my first draft it will be downhill from there, well OK after rewriting the story it will be easier, definitely once the editor does their part I can easily make the changes, finally with my final version it easy to find an agent/publisher, well maybe not after all...'
During each and every step in my journey so far I've had to get back up countless times and refocus my efforts. The last couple of months have been very challenging , and I needed to sort out these new responsibilities in my life. I had to relearn and accept that what worked before is not going to work this time around.
Adaptability, determination, hard work, and passion are the keys to getting a book published. Honestly though these characteristics are the key to being successful in any venture you may decide to embark on.
When all else fails and life seems determined to make sure you are never successful stop and collect yourself, think about what is causing you the most stress, and what baby step can you do right now to move you forward again.
Success for me has been about stringing together runs of momentum, and riding that wave as long as I can. Sometimes they last a moment, and other times for days or weeks. Once the ride is over recollect yourself, rinse, and repeat.
I hope to ride this new wave forward into the next chapter of my journey, and I hope to bring you all along with me.