Go straight to your most discouraging (or discouraged) moment as a writer. Can you describe, not just the situation but also the feeling that went along with it? And then, in the next breath, can you go straight to your most encouraging (or encouraged) moment as a writer and describe the situation and the feeling that went along with it?
My most discouraging moment was when my on-spec article for a popular Christian women’s magazine was rejected, with absolutely no explanation as to why. Was it the writing? The subject matter? The length? Me? I had no idea, but I took it completely personally and to this day have not rewritten nor resubmitted this article for publication, even though the story needs to be told. I felt sad, horrible, awful, and small when I read that rejection letter.
My most encouraging moment was when I *was* published. A short piece I dashed off in a fit of creativity was published in a now-defunct Writers Digest specialty magazine. I was even paid $25 for it! I was thrilled from the top of my head to the tips of my toes to see my name in print. I felt like I could do anything!