You must be ruthlessly honest with yourself, and only tell the truth, even when it is hard. Especially when it becomes hard. It is only where it is hard, that the opportunity to improve and develop your self-discipline arises.
Your voice is the only unique quality to writing.
Voice: being the sentence cadence you naturally use in prose; dialogue patterns (more natural speech, Stephen King; stylized speech Joss Whedon); and your personalized vocabulary (your unique go-to words that identify your writing).
Are you actually tired?
Go to sleep.
If not, shut down that excuse! Nothing great was ever made blissed out on a cloud. Creating is destructive. You sacrifice a piece of yourself to bring forth a work of fiction.
If you can read this, then you already know about story structure. Do not fall into the trap of conflating the ability to articulate story theory with the ability to craft a compelling fiction.
You discover yourself not accomplishing what you declare yourself to be? You are a writer and yet are not writing.
Slay your dragon and free yourself from the fear holding you back.
Starting is the toughest part. Inertia is the strongest force in the universe to conquer, and if it took billions of years to produce your ancestors, why should it be any smoother for you on your writer’s journey?
Change is coming, but that’s nothing new for indie publishing. We learn, adapt, and iterate.
The future for New York, and the brick and mortar book store, doesn’t look bright, but they survived the great depression. The odds of them going away entirely are next to zero. They too will need to adapt, same as us, and it’s impossible to say with certainty what their new form will look like in five years, but it’s a good bet to say that at least one of the bigger publishers will go under. However, during the turmoil, there’s an excellent opportunity for new mid-sized publishers specialized into genres, to fill the void.
Learning from those that have come before us is the key to success in life. If you can save yourself the growth pains, you’ll place yourself in the position to capitalize on opportunities earlier, and thus experience a longer period of compound returns.
What’s more, learning from fellow artists in different disciplines helps clarify the fundamentals to focus on. As an independent author, you are a corporation, and it’s vital you learn to manage your assets (the books you produce) accordingly. That means learning to place the financial needs of the business above your personal desires.
Health is the core element of general life quality. There is obviously far more than health, such as self-actualization—a core reason I’m an author—and social network of friends and family, but health directly affects those elements.