Hearing stories like this one always pains my heart. Words like these can make you reconsider and give up on your dream, your dream of writing.
DON'T LET ANYONE STOP YOU.
When people tell you things like these, they don't talk to you. They talk to themselves, and you are just a convenient mirror. They spill their own burned hopes on you and walk away, and you stand there, dismayed and stunned. I know, it happened to me. I nearly quit writing a couple times. I learned not to listen. I learned to smile and ignore and continue working on my dream.
So, smile and ignore, Tina.
Folks, please support Tina with kind words. Thank you. I love you.