Okay, so I've been busy with WriteOnCon for the past several days (weeks, months, whatever -- what day is it today?). If there's only one thing you read from WOC, let it be this, this amazing article on "the invisible, essential thing" by editor Molly O'Neill.
There are so many parts of Molly's article that resonated with me, mostly because I have experienced what she's talking about first hand.
I could quote the whole thing, but I won't. Just go read it. Comment over there. Allow yourself to be inspired.
And if you're a writer and not on the WriteOnCon forums, you're really missing out! Go forth and join!