One of the best things about the community of writers on the Internet is their willingness to share their own experiences in the world of writing. Through them, we newbies can discover some of the pitfalls, learn how to climb the mountains, and realize that our dream of writing isn't necessarily what our reality of writing is going to be. "Alone in a Room" by Kent Harrington is a wonderful essay that every writer, both new and old should take a few minutes to read and absorb. http://www.mulhollandbooks.com/2011/01/28/alone-in-a-room/
Hat tip to Michael Bracken for the link!