I think one of the things that discourages young writers is how ugly rough drafts can be. Some people can't get past rewriting the first chapter until its perfect - and that's the way I used to be. Rough drafts are rough, and they can be disappointing. But you gotta keep chipping at it. Some of my drafts are so ugly, they make Predator look like a prom queen. That's just the nature of the beast. Keep rewriting!!!
Currently, I'm on the 1 millionth draft of my novel "The Kalachthon" which is my post-"Slept" project. I've been working on this book for about eight or nine years, starting it after I was hospitalized. It's been a therapeutic thing, but also notoriously difficult to write because its in 1st person, and not my usual voice, but the voice of a woman named Samantha, who is kind of erratic is wild.
I've recently been writing it again. I have about 300 pages of text, but it's a insane mess, and I'm trying to put it together with the help of my editor, Clare. I'm working on it!
I just think writing is a process rather than a zap of inspiration. You gotta manhandle that crap.