There are still some cases where I come up with excuses, however I’ve been working hard on myself to stop that and move past that. It’s a tough habit to break, especially when you’re way of thinking or vocabulary makes it very easy to do something like that. You are right though that people don’t know how much time you put into your work unless you tell them about it. Some times your greatest work that propels you forward was something that took you 15 minutes to write. You never know. But what’s important after that is to tell yourself that you have confidence that your next piece will be better.