I know it isn't easy to reach for the stars when your boss is gripping at you, the twins are teething and the water heater gave up the ghost just after you got the shampoo lathered into your hair, but, that is when you need your dreams most. When life is beating down to the dirt reach for the stars!
It is great when others believe in you. I have friends who tell me I will be the next Stephanie Meyer, only for grown-ups. I smile and say, "Oh pshaw! You're gonna give me a swelled head talkin' that sweet talk." Inside my heart grows a little bigger because they believe in my stories. But here are the cold hard facts: If I don't believe in me, their confidence won't help. I have to hang tough.
Be it fortunate or unfortunate, the writing game can often boil down to luck. The submission they read just prior to yours got a contract and they only had one slot open for your genre that period. You send your manuscript to editor a who, unbeknownst to you, got her pink slip that morning. I doubt seriously any ms is going to make an impression when she is wondering how she is going to pay her rent and feed the kitty.
Yes, it sucks, but that is the way it goes. But, do you know what? If you give up before you start it won't happen either. So write that book, invent that thing-a-ma-bob to make dog hair on the floor and upholstery disappear, a car that runs on air, whatever you have been dreaming of.
Hang on to your day job. Dreaming takes but an instant, fulfilling one can take a lifetime. Here's hoping all your dreams come true. xoxo