Today’s post was supposed to be an exciting motivational rant on my personal tips and tricks that help me get to the keyboard when everything around me has gone to shit. Turns out my only trick is to keep chocolate in my desk drawer. Since I assume most of us do that (if you don’t, you should), I decided to go with plan B which was to go to the “experts” (read: published authors) and find out what they do. Turns out the advice is either stuff I can’t relate to (My issues are different from say, Justine’s) or are things we already know (Make a plan! Set a schedule to avoid temptation! Elicit support from your family and friends, walla, walla, ding, dong). Good advice, but let’s stop kidding ourselves. Creating a schedule or calling our writing buddies to talk us down from the self-doubt ledge doesn’t keep us writing when our lives go off the rails. To keep at it, day after day, to believe in ourselves and our writing in the face of (fill in the blank) it takes more than snappy advice. A helluva lot more. My journey, like every writer’s journey, is unique. I didn’t start writing at sixteen or twenty-five or even forty. I began seriously writing relatively late in my life. I have a full-time job that pays pretty well which means I haven’t endured the physical struggles of the starving writer. I don’t live in a one room shack or burn my manuscripts to stay warm (first of all I only have one…). And unlike some of the ladies here, I don’t have young children or a husband to consider. What I do have, what I struggled with daily is (pick one) a) rampant self-doubt, b) writer’s block, or c) the frustration of juggling the life I have while trying to build the life I want. There’s a lot I don’t know about writing, but I do know that in order to continue writing when your life is going to hell in a hand basket, there’s one thing that is absolutely required. No, it won’t guarantee that you will get published if you have this, but it’s a good bet that you won’t get published if you don’t. So what is this magic thing and how can you get you some? Spend ten minutes and go to this guest post on Chuck Wendig’s terribleminds by Kameron Hurley.