Sometimes I don't think people realize how hard writers have to try every single day. My favorite quote about writing is...
“Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”
If that isn't trying hard I don't know what is. Every day on top of everything else a writer does like work, or go to school, have a social life, do chores, they also have to come home insert themselves into a totally different reality. They have to live not just in their own mind but in the minds of each of their characters, and they have to know these people better than they know themselves.
Sometimes I am so grateful for my acting background because it makes keeping track of characters a lot easier. I know how to be two people at once...yes I realize that makes me sound totally crazy but being an actor I have to be a character on stage while somehow still being me. I can tell you right now, as a writer and an actor it helps to compartmentalize who I am. I keep my actor in one part, my writer in another, my characters in a different part and I can choose which one I want to use at which time or release the flood gates and let the crazy use all of them at once.
All I do on a daily basis is try. As anyone who struggles with depression can tell you every day is a struggle , every day you have to try so hard not to get mired down with the disease you have. I try every day not just to write, but to get out of bed, smile, and live.
All I have to show for me trying every day is my life....and I am damn proud of that.