I was surprised that composition takes several steps and can benefit by leaving the project alone for a time. For some reason, I had envisioned writers just plugging away without a break until the project was finished. Michener came to mind, but I had forgotten about his rigorous editing and revising processes.
For this project, very little was frustrating, as this was a story I had thought about and wanted to tell. To get some more peer review, I asked my Facebook friends to read my project and offer suggestions. Two of my friends who are writers responded and I believe their suggestions helped.
If I were to try to teach someone about writing, I would encourage them to keep a journal or diary of some sort and write in it every day. It helps to define what you have done and how you felt about it. If you haven't done any other writing at all, at least you've accomplished that.
Reflection and reflective writing somehow gets closer to the real reason you are attempting to write. Be it to inform, entertain or instruct, you're forced to dive deep and think about not only the process, but your own motivation.