Best thing to tell a writer friend? Ourselves?
Keep moving forward.
The prize never went to the man or woman who stood at the beginning of the race and merely wanted it so much.
We hear it all the time on reality shows:
“What would it mean for you to win the competition?”
“It would mean the world. You just have no idea.” Gush, gush, gush!
Still, the other 25 in the competition DO have an idea. They want it every bit as much. But do any of the serious competitors sit down after announcing how much they want to win? No. They push forward. They keep moving. They continue to pursue the prize!
Writers are no different. We want the contract. We want the validation. We want the book to become a movie. We want it so much, you have no idea!
NO one finishes without initially moving forward.
Obstacles? Absolutely: frustration, discouragement, life…it always seem to get in the way, and, of course, writers’ block. One at a time
Frustration? Move forward.
Discouragement? Move forward.
Life? Get past it and move forward.
Writers’ block? Sit down and write!
Once you teach yourself discipline, you move forward…and write!
There is more to the experience that merely wanting to be an author. There is hard work, and you must keep moving forward no matter the obstacles or rejections.