Going over each of my partial essays from a few years ago had helped me build up the spark for the actual stories. I hate to admit it's been over a year for a few of these essay to even have their files opened.
I've also ventured out and make sure I read about writing and writers every day. I'm also looking for writers groups to join. The interesting thing I've found is that nearly every city of small to medium size has one of these groups... that means thousands and thousands of almost writers out there. I don't know if that should make me feel good that there's support.. or be suspect that there are so many trying and so few succeeding.