Nothing makes a writer feel better than to see his/her work appreciated. It could be something as simple as a few encouraging words after a reading, or the outright excitement as your reader exclaims, "I love your story."
Yesterday was my day, I received that happy exclamation and approval of my writing. I was sent to coud nine, feeling vindicated for my months of laboring over conflict situations and character development.
Today I am renewed with new energy to get back in there and polish those chapters up to a brilliant shine.
Maybe my work will be agent worthy soon. Dare I allow my self to dream of one day landing a publishing contract?