While visiting with my family for the holidays, we talked about my latest published story, "The Keepers of Madleen," and they gave me their honest feedback, which I always appreciate. My dad said it was his favorite story of mine yet.
That doesn't suck to hear, especially as my skills improve with each story I write.
The best moment came when I told them that I had a bunch of stories set in the same world, weaving themselves into being within my head. I told them I could see it becoming a book of short stories. And then I told them what happens in the first moment of the very next story.
The look of surprise/shock that crossed both of their faces was the best gift I could have gotten. It meant that my story was effective!
Keep writing. Keep creating. It's a tough road but it keeps going.
So do I.
So can you.