Fantastic read! The number of recommends you have got have gone way past the ten that got you demotivated:). I totally agree with you. To get noticed in the writing world is not easy, but like you said every little piece that one writes is writing practice and a chance to learn one more step to the ultimate goal. I believe that now and then any writer must stop in one’s tracks and look back to see how much they have learnt and achieved. In my case every time I do that it gives me the push to work harder and aspire more.