I'm posting early, but as always I'm paranoid I'll forget. I've went through a lot of insecurity since our last "meeting." I had a manuscript out for nearly six months and, I'll admit, got my hopes up way too high. That was one of my bigger crashes. She that soars the highest has the farthest to fall? I can't help it- every time I think this is it, for sure!
One of my steps to recovery has been to go out seeking more education and resources to improve my writing (I think the ego took a big hit- not as great at this as you thought, now were you?!) This has turned out to be a great thing, actually, as it led me to find a community and resource base that I'm finding to be very valuable and interacting with the other writers there has been very enjoyable. My mopey condition took a turn for the better while reading a forum board that was a public service announcement for abused and neglected characters. I laughed out loud. Repeatedly. And I realized I have a lot in common with these other crazy people- not the least of which is that I'm sure we've all suffered at least one or two rejections that were more crushing than most (even if only on the part of our ego).
So, my insecurity that I suck at this and my dreams will NEVER come true is slowly fading. I'm having fun learning new things, brushing up on old things, and tearing apart the two works that I currently have approaching completion (which is something I've never actually ENJOYED before).
The community is Forward Motion For Writers. While I initially joined for the sole purpose of getting some feedback on The Manuscript That Failed Me, I found so many other things on the site that I feel like it's Christmas all over again- you know, sans the annoying family and hours spent in the kitchen... though there WERE cookies when I was still in my mopey phase. Chocolate and nerdy humor cures all :0 Check out the site, I bet you'll enjoy it. (Note that not all things are visible if you aren't a member and logged in.)
PS: In the forums there is a nice link to a podcast/video of a Dan Wells seven-point story structure lecture. It wasn't really new information, but did prompt me to go analyze my mannies. I enjoyed the presentation.