I’m not really in a great position to give writing advice, so of course, I’d like to offer some (that’s how narcissism works).
There’s an old mantra that gets floated here and there by teachers, editors, and “successful” writers. It’s a simple, memorable nugget that gets said in a few thousand variations but nonetheless remains the same: “Writers write.”
Writers don’t have grand ideas that stay in their heads.
Writers don’t just talk about that book they want to publish someday.
Writers don’t make excuses.
Sometimes, things just don’t go our way. It’s a hard fact that we all accept, because that’s the way things are, and that’s not gonna change.
Oftentimes, when it rains, it pours. Unpleasantness, happenstance, and bad beats come in waves. That first thing doesn’t work as it should, and undoubtedly the second, wholly-unrelated, thing fails just the same. And a third thing that wasn’t even on your radar—-well, that went wrong, too.