There’s multiple reasons, but the one all of us fear is:
- You aren’t a writer.
Honestly, if you write at all, you’re a writer, period. Now, fewer of us are authors with finished works, and even fewer are “of worth” (whatever the hell that is).
But the real culprits are:
- You haven’t found what works for you.
I’d you don’t have a method that works with your particular madness, you’re going to be easily frustrated.
One of the things I’m very strong on is adding layers to other’s work as a sounding board because I do some of what you’re stuck on.
- You haven’t found the threshold of motivation to push you past your lack of working method.
Not everyone has something that works for them. One of the big things that @JohnnyTuturro and I work on is finding something that keeps us going because #2 is plain elusive for both of us. Getting work done is like trying to hold a bushel full of eels individually. (I’m plain in rebellion right now, myself and went “eff it, I’m a mindless reader” right now".)
But the biggest thing to remember is:
- Obtaining the goal is not all it’s cracked up to be.
For example, I’m a published poet. As in, a single poem of mine has been sitting in a buyable book for about 30 years.
But this is the down side:
A. I was in the 4th grade.
B. I have never had any success with poetry since.
C. I find myself writing limericks because I’m a washed up has been poet.
D. My attitude about working on anything that is less than what I achieved as a 10 year old child is tinged with this song’s attitude:
Now, it’s not really that dramatic, but anything I’ve seen is that there’s very rarely an “I have arrived moment”. There’s always an inadequacy behind the next curtain.
So, my best advice for anyone is:
- Learn to appreciate what you have achieved so far.
Honestly, most people give up if it’s not easy and immediate. That tenacity counts for something. Take some pride in it.