This happened to me when at 21 I sent off some work and it quickly got rejected. At the time I felt I had put a lot of time and effort into that work and it instantly made me feel as if writing was potentially a waste of time.
There were several problems with this. At the time I thought what I had done was wonderful. The truth was it wasn't awful but it wasn't wonderful either. I also didn't have a clue. Looking up addresses in the Writer's and Artist's yearbook doesn't really cut it as research.
Back then I regarded myself as someone who wrote but was not a writer. These days I regard myself as a writer and have regained the enthusiasm that I lost. If I was to pinpoint what has changed I would have to say it is my mind set. I no longer dismiss any of my ideas thinking they are too weak, I no longer regard writing as a low priority and I do not feel discouraged by my dyslexic tendencies because I know I can sort them out in the edit (Apart from this blog where you''ll just have to forgive me). Once you start to making writing a priority it becomes much easier and the more I do the more exciting it feels.
My husband has also been really good and started setting up a website for me. I will set it up as an online CV and this blog will be linked to it. I have to say a big thank you to him for doing this. Partly because he said he would read up and check if I mentioned it but also because I really mean it. I'm very lucky to have such a supportive husband!
I am very pleased to report I have finished both of my fifteen minute plays to enter into the Famous for Fifteen. I just need to read through and edit the second one before sending them off next week.
I think part of the excitement of writing is just doing what I love. So if you have felt down trodden about it then try and find what you loved about it in the first place. Try lots of different projects and you may find you are able to write in areas you never even considered.