I knew house training a puppy would be challenging, but I didn’t think it would be akin to writing a novel.
- Patience: The number one goal of training a puppy and for writing a novel. Patience with self, with the dog, with the book. It will get there, one way or the other, but you need to have a whole lot of patience.
- Motivation: Another challenging aspect of house training a puppy and writing a book. You could argue that a puppy pissing on the floor is a lot different than not meeting your deadlines, but that’s a matter of opinion. Both stink, and both make you feel really stupid and annoyed when either occur, especially when you know that it was entirely preventable in the first place.
- Focus: Yeah, a puppy whining drives you nuts. So does that one character who demands to be written despite not being in the book. He wants you to write another book before the first one is complete. The puppy wants your attention and is willing to yowl bloody murder to get its way. To avoid pitfalls one must focus on the task at hand. Eventually the character/puppy will fall silent and understand that they will get their moment.
What other ways can you think of that make the two similar?