I think it’s safe to say that being a writer is not easy. Working to become a published author takes much work and focus. No matter which publishing path you choose, traditional or self-pub, your dedication to your career is essential.
To learn what is required of you, the best thing to do is read and research. Network and communicate. Write and keep writing.
If you are experiencing simple “writer’s block,” do something else that has to do with your writing. Read a novel in your genre or jot down ideas for another book.
If there are moments when you feel like “writer’s block” is suffocating your creativity, then you need to take some time away from your laptop and regroup. Go get some fresh air. Take a walk, cook, or watch a movie.
Once you are back in your writer’s cave and feel refreshed; surround yourself with your notes, open your research books, and get back to writing your novel.
Do you find it hard to stay focused?