Twenty-first century life runs at a frenetic pace. Much faster than the twentieth century – I assure you. Every day there is more to do and seemingly less hours in the day. Personally, I’ve found each year whizzes past faster and faster. In the midst of doing my daily life, including managing a successful business, family commitments and developing my writing career, there’s little time for much else.

Despite my good intentions, there are times when I just don’t hit my word count for the week. Not because of procrastination, but because I ran out of hours in the day. Who would have thought that’s possible? Certainly not me – the time management queen. This writing gig is hard when you start out. For not only do you have to write and edit the stories, you have to submit them, follow them up and keep going until a publisher offers you a contract. Or conversely, you can self publish which brings with it a plethora of other time-consuming activities. Then there’s the endless marketing and promotion an author has to do to build their brand and increase readership. No wonder many talented aspiring and emerging authors, throw the towel in and give up.

But as Stephen King wrote, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” As an author who didn’t give up on his writing despite multiple early rejections, his advice is not to be ignored.

Did you ever give up on a dream or inner urging because it all seemed too hard?

Insight…Keep your eyes on the goal, remind yourself why it’s important to you and take it one step at a time.