When cooking there is often an ingredient that MUST be included or the recipe falls apart. For example, one of my daughters insists that absolutely everything must include salt while the other leans more toward garlic. I used to have a glazed meatloaf recipe that I really loved until my dog ate the recipe, but that’s another story. The glazed meatloaf was nothing without ground mustard and brown sugar, and I have never found a meatloaf recipe that I liked as well.
In a perfect world, the minute we sat down to write, the Muse would tap us on the shoulder. We would be instantly inspired. The first editor we approach would get a gleam in her eye and hand us a multimillion dollar contract. Strangers would line the streets waiting for our autograph.
Nice fantasy, isn’t it?
There are plenty of roadblocks to writing success. You don’t have to tell me about the problems you’re having. I have a lot of the same problems. Things like balancing writing time around a day job, interruptions by family members who all think I should be doing something other than writing, not to mention inner distractions like the urge to get up and do something else.
The thing to remember is that roadblocks are not reasons to quit.