A is for APPROVAL
No, not the kind of approval that comes with trying to make people like you, or make everyone in your office happy. It's not even the approval that comes from applying for a loan or a university.
I'm talking about PERSONAL APPROVAL.
Do you approve of yourself? Of your writing? Do you "regard with favor" the fact that you have chosen to wrangle and weave words into worlds? You should. Because until YOU approve of yourself as a writer (or a painter, a photographer, or a brick layer in Brazil) no one else ever will.
People who regard their work with favor have a gleam in their eyes, a spring in their step, a pride that practically oozes out of their pores when they discuss their latest work, their most recent experiment.
Believe in your work. Approve it. See it as important. Because if you don't, why should anyone else care?