"Do the work. It's not about talent, though that's important. It's not about the connections, though that, too, will make a difference. It's not even about the ideas (which, honestly, are bottom on the list in terms of what matters). It's about the work. Wanting to be a writer, talking about writing, planning to write one day -- none of these things makes you a writer. Writers write. Writers who are talented, and lucky, and very, very stubborn get published. But essentially, writers write."
Sigh... I do write, but very very slowly. I still need to sort out why I get no writing done at weekends when, in theory, I have time, yet I can write in odd corners of time in the working week.