Struggle in a good way, though... I think.
I've accomplished a lot in the last year by constantly pushing against not just what I think it is good to write, but also how I think it is good to write. Although I've developed various skills and coping mechanisms, though, I've basically realized that this "strugglingness" is just my natural creative flow, and having to constantly fight with rationalizations, pipe dreams, glorifications, failed experiments, and all the rest is essentially par for the course.
One thing I have finally to admit to myself without any further reservations - for the sake of my continued sanity and ability to write in a way that satisfies me pragmatically and creatively - is that I am not an "inspired" writer but a "driven" writer, and that drive is founded on a self-directed despotism of creativity. Although I get a lot of ideas and can write something cool about every one of them, I can never finish a story without grabbing myself by the lapels and demanding of myself a story's completion. Sometimes this results in good stories, sometimes bad; but it's the only way to the end, it seems, for me.
For now, I'm writing a story about octopi, so... I guess I'll get back to the theoretical stuff later.