Does anyone else feel like an inadequate writer after reading a book or series that blew you away? I sure do. I try to turn it around and think, “Well, at least I learned some new vocab, new ways of writing, new perspective on writing techniques, at least I got something from it…” Still, it doesn’t change the fact that I feel like I should go back and scrap everything I’ve written, start over, or toss my book into a corner and start fresh on something else.
I also end up having to go read a book of lesser quality after I’ve read a 5 star, or more, book, just so that I can feel like I can accomplish anything. This is something I RARELY do because you can only get better as a writer if you read better, so going backwards isn’t really going to achieve anything…except make me feel like I’m better than other people. I know, petty right? I don’t care today.
Someone please tell me that I’m not the only person in the world who feels like this. It’s not discouraging all together, but there’s always that little voice in the back of my head that says I can do better…
I’m in a BLAH mood now… Not sure how to get out of it. I guess I’ll go find that lesser book and start it, or re-read my story. Though, I’m afraid if I do that at this moment I’ll want to rewrite the whole thing. I’m also in a bad mood because not only did it take Patrick Rothfuss years to write and release his books, his third book isn’t even out yet, so once again I’m stuck midway through his books with questions. I’m without a fantastic book to read again, after finishing a 10-star book, AND I feel like a shitty writer.
I just needed to rant. I’ll let you know how and when I overcome this crappy mood.
If you have any book recommendations for me based on my love of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, for the love of God, let me know immediately.