“And then, because their secret ambition began to hurt them they all stood with hands on each other’s shoulders and sang the Mexico Joe song.” --Carl Sandburg
One's ambition to write can become a negative thing when you insist that your life is meaningless without a certain outcome. Who you are is so much more than your writing. When the drive to get published, to "succeed," becomes a painful, strangling force, you need to let it go. Touch somebody close to you, sing a song, live and know that writing is just writing.