Setting a definite time lapse to finishing a novel, short story or whatever project your working on - you have to be vigilant of time and put in the hours. Staying focused on the goal and making your passion, a job worth doing.
I hear it often from people writing their first novel. "Oh I didn't have time today...I felt low and uninspired... I can always catch up tomorrow..." etc: etc:
My conclusion is; there is a kindled fear of failure...it is the underlying reluctance to follow through. Fear that we are not good enough. Fear that our story is horrible. Fear of success..... and I could go on.
FEAR is the unconscious blockage that stunts creativity.
Writing a book or finishing a story is not reserved for the talented person who sits at the word processor and spills golden words steeped in mystery and written in perfect grammar. It is writing that frighteningly terrible first draft and finishing it. Then it's re-write and re-write and so on, until the story reaches its peak. After that... its off to the editor and when the editor returns it, more often than not; its re-write and more re-write.
So remember aspiring writers. For most of us, its not about sitting down and writing a best seller in the first draft and if we can't do that with ease, then our fear tells us we are not good enough. It's about all the hard work you put in everyday, groomed by a passion to succeed. This is the tool that will see you through to publication.
I have learned much about sentences, plot and characters, by stubbornly sticking to a set schedule. I have also learned a lot about how to make the story unfold.. It didn't happen overnight and I am still learning new systems, new methods and every time I sit and work, I can see my stories getting better and better. More fun to write too.
Believe in your self, your story and your passion. Then ride the adventure of tomorrow when you WILL see your work in print.