A friend recently reminded me of an expression I used when people asked me how I managed to complete my novel after seven years. 'You mean, B.O.S? I said. 'Bum on seat!' She laughed, 'It says it all.'
It's not the most eloquent of expressions (nor can I lay claim to it) but it does get to the point. Quite simply, it means turning up to the page (or whatever it is you want to achieve) and discarding the rest.
Paula Hawkins was a financial journalist and wrote four romance novels under a pseudonym before writing 'Girl on the Train'. Although she completed it in six months, she had to borrow money from her father and spent every moment of that time writing. Emily Bitto winner of the Stella Prize 2015 re-wrote her novel, The Stray's, in ten drafts and runs a wine bar to finance her writing. Anthony Doerr, winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize took ten years to write 'All the Light We Cannot See'. Peel back the publicity and there's always a hard working solitary author with their bum-on-seat.
It was also a little nudge for me to get back to work.