I'm also a writer and also suffering from a bit of the mid-life blues. I'm in my late forties and not in bad shape - but gravity is a mean bitch, isn't she? Luckily on these boards mature women (and men) are welcomed and often deemed lust-worthy. Check out the fetish area of the boards, you'll see.
I am a very slow writer, re-thinking every word and situation of my stories. For my last story, the first comment on the day it posted called it "rubbish" and worse. I assumed it was a 'troll' but still hurt after so much work went into it. I fretted personally, and showed my own thin skin here on these boards. The story didn't get very high ratings, but other comments were positive.
Ultimately, I decided I will still write and submit when I want and what I want, as long as more people like it than hate it. Some people do like and get off on what I write. Including me. Hell, especially me! When I am working on a story I have to stop frequently to masturbate! Maybe that is enough motive in itself.
My sex may not appeal to everyone, and that's good. When I go on lit looking for my fave kinks, I would hate to find only one type of story. I would never make a pissy comment or low-score a story that didn't turn me on, or wasn't enough to make me cum.... but some readers apparently do that.
I looked over your submissions, and like what I see so far. I will read more closely tonight when I am alone in bed....!
"It's just hotter when you go down south....."