I finished a work. Finally submitted it...and got the dreaded rejection. It sent me into a bit of a depression even though I told myself it was bound to happen. I know it happens to every writer. It's crazy to assume the first time I submit something it will be accepted. But, it still hurt. So, I took a break from writing. All my creativity seemed to flee my head.
I go to a writer's conference every year. This year, my heart wasn't in it, but since I had already paid in advance, I forced myself to go and was glad I did. I met a lot of other writers. The key topic was persistence. Persistence and hard work. You can have all the great ideas in the world, but if you don't work at your craft and keep going, you're not going to get anywhere. So, I have been trying to live by that ever since.
I just submitted a short story for an anthology. I'm hoping to hear back about it soon. One key piece of advice I have received over and over is to write what you love, write for yourself. Honestly, I have always tried to do exactly that. Sometimes I genuinely enjoy reading what I write, other times I cringe at what I've written.