Last week (?) I posted a quote from Marisa Silver.
As a guest blogger at The Elegant Variation, she recently posted an article called "Advice for the lovelorn... I mean writers."
Here's something that hit home:
"Your work will often look horrible and embarrassing.It will be unoriginal. It will fill you with shame. You will lie down on your bed and think that no one has ever written more awful, ungainly sentences than you. Get up off the bed. Don't panic. Like any kid - your work has to go through its awkward, pimply faced adolescence before it emerges as something another person might want to look at, hold in her hands, take into her heart."