A year ago what was difficult and challenging was getting a book proposal accepted (aka being offered a contract). I had 3 two-book proposals turned down aka rejected. Seven years ago it was wondering if I'd ever see another published book when, after five years of being a part of Silhouette Romance, the line closed. Twelve years ago it was struggling with the revisions on my second book, while going through a divorce. The year before that I was ready to put writing aside and pretend I was a normal person who didn't hear voices in my head. (I'm glad I didn't, if only for the fact that it kept me sane during a very difficult time in my life.)
I have a long list of things that repeatedly are difficult or challenging:
- I love to plot, but it can be terribly painful.
- Sometimes I don't know if something works or not.
- I don't feel like writing. The words just won't come.
- I can't think of a idea for a book.
- My character is being stubbornly willful and I can't control him/her.
- At various points in the writing of a story, I become bored with it.
- Before I finish one book, the characters of a new book start talking in my head.
- I fear rejection, not because it hurts, but because writing helps pay the bills.
- I fear acceptance, because it means I have to (a) get to work, (b) pray I can do it again, (c) meet a whole new set of deadlines.
- Setting goals is fun and easy, but meeting them is a battle, and sometimes I don't succeed.
- There is never, ever, ever enough time to do it all. As my Twitter bio says, 'Sleep is highly under-rated.' I need sleep to be able to function, and it's always in short supply.