Can you say rocky rinse and repeat 5 times fast? The saying holds true whether or not you can.
Much of writing, or much anything else for that matter, follows Rocky Rinse and Repeat.
You may have a rocky start, a rocky middle, or a rocky finish. You may have smooth sailing for the first time, the second time, the tenth time, but then the rocks get rained on and become slippery and down you go.
Rocky Rinse and Repeat is always going to be a thing for as long as you write.
Little time, getting stuck, rewrites, rejections, bad reviews, and a host of other rocks will form in your path. There is no way around it unless you are a millionaire and hire ghost writers to write everything.
So how do you deal with Rocky Rinse and Repeat?
You just keep going. The rock may be big. The rock may be small. Don't panic or dance a jig or down you may fall.
Thankfully, these rocks aren't able to give you a death blow to the head if you fall though. You can get back up and step over the rock. Step around the rock. Climb across the rock. Rocks are everywhere in any career, but you can get over them. You just have to get back up. Sometimes it may take a jackhammer to remove the rock, but it can be removed.
You aren't the only one going through things and you, in most cases, probably aren't the first. Find groups like this one and get over the rocks with a little help. For when you do, you may just see the light until the next rock comes along.
Ever have any rocks in your path? How do you handle rocks/setbacks? Was this uplifting? Yeah. I did climb all those rocks.