I`d say the single biggest obstacle is money. I don`t mean tons of
money or an investment. Right now, on my fifth career, writing this time, I`ve
learned that I want to do something very original. I also have learned
that I can`t be too distracted by the eventual use or sale of what I
To that end, I want to write only what I want to write. That takes two
things. One is the time to write. The other is having a calm enough
mind to "see" the wholeness of what I`m writing so it makes sense.
The problem is having limited money at any given time, and all the
ensuing worries about bills and daily living. It`s the same problem for
countless other people who want to quit their job and start their
Yes, there are problems of finding investment and startup capital, but
that`s not what I mean by money. I mean the day-to-day maintenance of
food, clothing, and shelter.
Hundreds of years ago artists tended to live through benefactors. Those
were usually "patrons of the arts," being wealthy aristocrats. In a
democratic, free-market society, there aren`t so many of those avenues.
The problem then becomes working for a living, to pay for the money to
build the business.
In the music industry I chose to play cover material to make the daily
bread. But that led to a never-ending postponment of writing original
material, and a fear of taking the risk to play original material in a
standard niteclub. So the originals didn`t get written, and it ended up
basically a factory job...playing the piano.
This time, I understand I can split the "passion" into smaller
components. So instead of writing an entire book all in one continuous
segment, I do what I can with notes, chapters, outlines, and parts of
the book. It`ll take longer, but at least I see ongoing progress.