They say a journey of a million miles begins with one step.
I seriously began my writing journey seven years ago. Since I started, I've encountered hills and valleys, walked a desert or two, and even took some detours. As with every journey there are problems, a flat tire (writers block), a stall (distracted by reading), possibly an accident (like deleting the story you've been working on). For me, it's been more about the vehicle. Somewhere along my path I traded in my car for a bicycle. I can still ride it but I am not going as fast as I'd like to.
Instead of moving forward steadily, I have written slowly (much like a leisurely ride on the bike) and I am very dissapointed. I'd expected to be a bit farther along then I am. I'd set out to finish a book, even two. Instead I have only half a book to show for it.
What are my interferences? Like everyone it is work, family, illness, and any number of things that lay in wait for unsuspecting writers. All have to be dealt with, so you can't ignore them, but all take time away from writing.
So, what can I do? I re-evaluated my time and effort and decided to make some changes. First, and most important, I decided to change my hours at work (and unfortunately decrease my income) and move from a 50-60 hr work week to 24 hours (I'm job sharing). This should give me far more time than I am getting now to write.
So, perhaps that bicycle can be upgraded to a moped. Next, I'm hoping for a Harley, that will certainly get me moving faster!
How is your journey going? What hinders you? What helps you? What changes are you going to make to help your journey?