Expect this road to get rough. It’s an inevitable part of this ride. And that’s perfectly ok so long as we stay focused on the prize and we position ourselves to be able to push through the hard times. The profession of being a writer is often a solitary, draining journey. And it’s a safe bet that we will all encounter pitfalls, potholes, and rocky roads before we get to that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There will be writer’s block, time-management issues, resource management issues, technology issues, “life getting in the way” issues, and on and on and on…But…just because we expect and encounter rough seas, that doesn’t mean we have to settle for or be defeated by them. We must find a way to conquer everything that is placed in our path by any means necessary. Whatever it takes. Writer’s block? Unblock it. We’ll talk more about this in a later post. Time-management issues? Maybe it’s time to get a little more selfish? More to come on this in a later post as well. Tech issues? Resource issues? We can’t let these stop us either. If we can’t find a way to move the obstacle from out of our path, then we have to plot and navigate a new path and find a way around that obstacle. As writers it is important that we understand that the path we have chosen is not for everyone, but it has been walked millions of times over. So take heart in the fact that you are not the first one to encounter these obstacles and you won’t be the last. You also won’t be the first or last one to conquer these same obstacles. And remember, if this was easy, then it wouldn’t be fun, would it? So…stay locked in…persevere, and most of all… WRITE ON!