You don’t have to have 100+ notes on everything you write to have quality writing. Keep writing.
You don’t need to have reviews praising the ground you walk on—you don’t even need readers at all. Keep writing.
You don’t need to come up with the most unheard-of plot lines…
Made up stories can matter, they matter to us in the real everyday world just as much (and in many cases more than) the real people we know and the real things we do. Made up stories matter for precisely the same reason that anything matters: because we decide they matter, because we imbue them with meaning. Chimpanzees, while they are very smart and interesting creatures, cannot tell each other stories about war heroes fighting sirens and a cyclops to get home. They cannot use such stories to shape their values and their relationships and their world views. We can, and do, and this engagement with constructed narrative is (in my humble opinion) a big part of what makes us human.
—John Green fishingboatproceeds