Guest Post: The Top 3 Obstacles to becoming a writer by Jean Nicole Rivers

There are countless obstacles when it comes to reaching any of your dreams, but very specific ones if your dream is becoming a writer. One of my favourite sayings is, “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” And that is especially true of becoming an author. Being a writer, no matter how much of a passion it is, is not always easy. Here are three of the obstacles that I face.

1. Discipline: This is a biggie. Writing takes SO MUCH discipline. The fact of the matter is, for most of us, writing does not pay the bills, therefore we have our 9 to 5, our home, family, etc. to juggle along with our aspirations to write. Many times once we have completed our daily list of “non-writing” tasks the only thing we want is rest, relaxation and sleep. Generating the motivation to nurture your passion by writing daily is half the battle.

2. Self-Doubt: What if I don’t write well? What if people think my story is stupid? What if it gets bad reviews? What if people don’t agree with my story? What if I can’t finish it? All haunting questions that plague writers before we ever sit down to write our first words and continue to plague us routinely. We all have that little voice that works as a reflection of what we perceive as the feelings of the outside world, that voice is doubting us and waiting for us to fail. What I have learned in life is that no matter what you do, there will ALWAYS be some people who don’t like you, who criticize you, who don’t agree with you so as long as that is destined to be the case why not be true to yourself in the process. Some people won’t like your stories and some people will think you’re not the best writer and who cares?

3. Endurance: Writing, especially if you are writing a book is NOT a sprint, it is cross country on the hottest day of the year. It can be tiring, frustrating, difficult and at times it can seem as if the ending will never come into sight, but once you cross the finish line you realize that it was worth the fight. For me, I find the easiest way to keep pushing is to always come back to the beginning and remember why I started writing in the first place. Once I reminisce on why I started, I continue to place one word after the other and know that my work will pay off in the end.

I once heard a quote that I have come to love, “You can only see the obstacles when you take your eyes off the prize.” And while I love the optimism of this quote the fact is that the obstacles are there and the best way to beat them is to know them, know that they will come, prepare for them, and then face them head on. Keep writing.

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Jean Nicole Rivers is a great lover of reading and writing. Although she loves varied genres, the horror/thriller genre is her favorite. Jean Nicole has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a child, but has always aspired to master the art of storytelling through novels. The Unwanted is the second story in her series of Black Water Tales, following The Secret Keepers.
Jean Nicole was awarded 3rd place in the National Black Book Festival’s 2013 Best New Author competition and she enjoys the honor of having written featured articles for popular reader websites and blogs, such as Digital Book Today and The Masquerade Crew.
Jean Nicole Rivers graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor of arts in philosophy, and she lives in Houston, Texas.
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About the Book

Title: Black Water Tales: The Unwanted
Author: Jean Nicole Rivers
Genre: New Adult Psychological Horror
In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature of the staff and the deplorable conditions of the facility and the children.
Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement.” It isn’t long before strange things begin happening, including Blaire’s flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents. The children soon suffer injuries that Blaire, first, fears may be the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may originate from a source that is less than human, something unwanted.
The unwanted is coming but in order for Blaire to fight it, she must dig into St. Sebastian and herself in search of truth. Blaire wants nothing more than to help the children, but when she discovers the tragedy that happened in the basement and learns that the same evil forces are still at work, it will be Blaire who needs help…There’s something in the basement.
OH MY GOD I LOVED THIS STORY! If I could pick a novel to be turned into a major motion picture, I would pick Black Water Tales: The Unwanted. This thriller/horror story is sooo scary! And I loved every minute of it!  —A Well Read Woman Book Review
I got chills so many times and couldn’t read it before bed!   —A Book Lover’s Life Book Blog
The book starts off right away with the creepy and it doesn’t let up until the end.  – Vik Booklover
I was completely engaged in the story and had a hard time putting it down, partly because I was interested in the answers and partly because I was terrified, and also just because it was just a really well written read. — SMADA’s Book Smack

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