I love Gail Carson Levine. Her stories and her blog. I have gotten over a couple rough spots with help from her writing prompts at the end of each post.
For example: About a year ago, I was having trouble feeling like my writing was anything worth doing. I mean, what do I write after all? Just fluff. It's not life-changing (although it is for me). I love the stories I commit to writing, but I didn't feel I was doing anything justice. I was a failure. That's all I thought about every time I sat to write.
Then I went to her blog for no reason other than I love Gail Carson Levine. I may have mentioned that. And she gave a writing prompt that went something like this: Write a story about a girl named Aster who has writer's block. What does she do to get over it? What causes it?
I started writing. It turned into something that I still work on occasionally, though not seriously. It's a girl who has to write fairy tales as payment to keep the life she wants with the family she wants. And to keep from turning green, one digit at a time. I keep that story and work on it whenever I feel the urge to criticize something before I even start creating it.
Does anyone else do that? It can't be just me, can it?