Several disheartening things in that piece, but the one thing I want to take away from it is that if you truly have a love for the writing, nothing can take that away from you.
My favorite quote from the piece:
"Each time we sit down to create something, we are risking our whole selves. But when the result is the transformation of anger, disappointment, sorrow, self-pity, guilt, perverseness and wounded innocence into something deep and concrete and abiding - that is a personal and artistic triumph well worth the long and solitary trip."
That's what it's all about.