We all have our bad days, but when we don't feel like writing, we can still work towards goals with different activities.
Sidekicks are found everywhere. That superstar friend turns out to be a lot more essential than anyone gives credit.
Emotions are essential in Stories. The reader, the characters, and the writer should all be experiencing a variety of emotions.
The backstory is the part that isn't included in the story. But for the writer, it adds depth and additional ideas.
All things of value require hard work. The same is true of work in fiction. Work is required of characters, writers, and worlds.