Dreams, Visions, & Wishes
A writer needs to dream. Stories spring from the imagination. It is the internal innocence which creates the tale and forms the author. When you strip away our dreams, you hurt the artists. One thing you must hold onto is your dreams, visions & wishes. Reject anyone who tries to take that away. Block the mean ones who try to put you down and belittle you. There is a huge difference between critiques and nasty jealousy. Fortunately, most writers are supportive of each other. The ones who hold you back are not your friends. So create and live. It is a myth that artists must suffer. A well-fed and supported artist creates. That is my truth.
More later....in the meantime, read ore fantasy and imagine.