Here's an uplifting quote from Sue Monk Kidd: "Writing is an amazing way to spend your life. It helps to be grateful for that, to stand in awe of it a little."
It appears in Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature, ed. by Meredith Maran.
just a reminder that with all of the frustrations of writing--the
second-guessing, the uncertainty, the plots and characters that won't
behave, the wondering whether anyone will care--there is joy. The joy of
finding meaning in life and conveying it somehow, of reaching out to
others in the hope of sharing a vision, of informing or entertaining.
The joy of connecting with those around us.