As a writing coach, I've seen the heartbreak of writing up close.
I know. We don't talk about that part of the process very often, but here's what it can look like:
You share your manuscript with a friend and they return it, saying they couldn't get past the first three chapters and failing to offer any helpful advice
Your award-winning manuscript gets rejected by agents
You feel like you've been writing forever, and you STILL haven't finished your book or landed an assignment