I recently received a critique that had some great suggestions but also discouraged me, and I'm not quite sure why. I love my tale. I love my characters. I want my little story to be like that old Army commercial--be the best you can be. But I'm wearied. And discouraged. I'm not sure I can ever be the writer I want to be. I've had the inclination several times over the last few days just to walk away.
So as I sit in my sickbed, having a pity party, I wonder what all of you do to bolster your confidence and your energy to persevere. How do you keep yourself from feeling jaded?