So, I've been a little down on my, well, life lately, so I'll apologize for any angst in advance. I always seem to hear about people who write and enjoy writing who have these wonderful support systems in their lives. Friends and family who will help and support the writer in what can often be a long, tedious process, especially when they're like me and enjoy writing novels. I, however, lack this support. None of my friends or family are remotely interested. Not even my spouse. Whenever the topic comes up of someone reading a chapter or two I can see the guilt, they want to support me, but are just completely and utterly uninterested. I know it's nothing personal but it is hard none the less. After completing an entire novel that essentially got shelved, I find myself struggling with my current project. After letting nearly 300 pages just sit and gather dust, with literally one person reading the thing besides myself, moving on is like pulling teeth. Yet, writing is my love. It's just, well, hard. And somewhat depressing. Okay, really depressing. Especially compounded with other things in my life. Like how ironically getting my degree in English seems to have destroyed my confidence. Yay angst! Anyway... How do the rest of you motivate yourselves when you have such a daunting, thankless task ahead of you? Yes, I love writing, yes, I enjoy creating, but sharing it is a large part of my motivation. Not to mention having the assurance that I'm not just pouring line after line of crap into a word processor. Clearly, for me at least, coming to a writing forum is step one, but I'm wondering what everyone else does, or if anyone can sympathize.