The Writer’s Journey is long. Very long. This allows ample opportunity for the darkness to find cracks in the armor. That’s fine and completely normal for short bursts of time, but if that stretches into something more than a few days, I recommend watching this video on repeat until you have the fire again.
Will you struggle? Yeah…yeah you will struggle, no way around it. You will fall many times, but who’s counting? Just remember, there’s no such thing as a smooth mountain. If you want to make it to the top then there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over.
There will be times you get stressed and things you get depressed over. But let me tell you something, Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times. Three times but he kept going. The television execs fired Oprah, said she wasn’t fit for TV. But she kept going. Critics told Beyonce that she couldn’t sing. She went through depression. But she kept going.
Struggle and criticism are prerequisites for greatness. That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it. Because pain is life, and you can choose what type. Either the pain on the road to success, or the pain of being haunted with regret.
And if that doesn’t work, maybe mix in some Tom Hanks!
It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard, is what makes it great.