I know I have already posted this link. It's the first in a four part series by Ira Glass on storytelling. If you haven't watched it, you need to. Now.
Part of what Ira says is that at the beginning of your career you will produce a lot of crap, but the more you write and the more you work, the better your material will become.
I am extremely excited by how Rupert is evolving and becoming an even better piece of work then I had thought it would be. Cale has said that Rupert is much better than the first book I wrote. With this in mind, I'm taking a note from Ira Glass and am looking forward even more to this third book I have begun plotting.
I had a free day today and filled it with listening to Harry Potter on C.D. and writing (interspersed with taking the dogs on a walk, swim suit shopping- which was a failure, and biking). I decided to begin the first chapter of this third book. Yay! It was a great day of writing a few thousand words and feeling good about the direction my writing is taking.
I guess the moral of this post is to keep writing as much as you can! :)