I like to brush up on the craft of writing, so, when I run across a book by someone proven in the field, I pick it up. Browsing in the library, I found Write Away by Elizabeth George. It was published by Harper Collins in 2004 and is filled with great ideas, advice, and techniques.
The one thing she said that really hit home had to do with self discipline-my problem. It's always easy for me to find something else to do other than showing up in my office each day.
"You will be published if you possess three qualities-talent, passion, and discipline."
"You will probably be published if you possess two of the three qualities in either combination-either talent and discipline, or passion and discipline.
"You will likely be published if you possess neither talent nor passion but still have discipline."
"But if all you possess is talent or passion, if all you possess is talent and passion you will not be published."
"And if by some miracle you are published, it will probably never happen again."