There’s a lot of hard parts when you start something new and if you continue in that endeavor, gonna be more hard parts.
I find a big help in dealing with the obstacles, the hard parts, is to look for them and expect them. Not suggesting being a pessimist!
Expecting things to go wrong because they do is a little different POV than that of a pessimist. The term realist might also come in handy. When things do go wrong, even things I didn’t expect to go wrong, I dive into a solution. Ignoring an obstacle or wishing it away will only slow you down.
Had a dog barking across the street from a shoot. We were inside, but that dog was loud and could be heard in the background of all the dialogue. The clock’s running and, as always, not in my favor.
I walk across the street to ask the owner if they could keep the dog quiet for twenty minutes to get a shot. Nobody’s home and the dog is behind a high fence, outside, and me being there is making him bark more.
The clock’s running. If I can’t shut the dog up, my sound’s fucked. I can’t wait for the dog to quiet down because I need that time, all of that time, to shoot the script.
One thing dogs have a hard time doing is barking with their mouth full.
I walked back to our location, scooped up a couple handfuls of dry cat food from the owner of the location, went back across the street and threw them over the high wall, in every direction I could. Thinking that the dog might spend twenty minutes trying to find all the food.
It worked. The dog stopped barking and we got the rest of the pages shot and on schedule.
Luckily, that dog loved cat food.
Sometimes the hard part is when it seems like nothing is happening. Things take a long time and as more people write books, make movies, music, everything you can post on the net, the more stuff to watch and read with plenty more on the way.
How will any of us ever get our story through all the noise asking for people’s attention?
How much time do you want to invest in not creating, but in getting your work out into the world?
What if it doesn’t work? What if you “build it” and no one comes?
Will you use what you learned and try again?
Will you give up?
The hardest part is not giving up.