Have you checked out the wisdom and inspiration at the SCBWI youtube channel?
"Make things that make you smile... or cry, because you know it's true."
"Making a book is about discovering who we are... and in each one I find a new truth."
"What if everyone told their story?"
What if you told your story? We hope you do.
And for everyone else reading this, Illustrate, Translate, and Write On,