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June 16th, 2013


writer envy? discouragement?

The other day I was reading a story, and when I finished it I was both happy and sad, happy because I loved it, sad because I thought, "I will never write as well as this author."

But you know, it's okay to feel that way.  It's not okay to quit writing.  We each reach our best work when we keep trying and practicing.  I'll never be the author I admired, but I don't need to be.  I need to be my own writer!

Maybe when I've written as long as she has and practiced and worked as hard, and learned as much as I can, I'll be able to write as well as she does--in my own way, of course.  At least I'll be the best I can.

That's the important thing--to let other writers inspire us, instead of discourage us.  I bet we wouldn't be discouraged at all if we knew how many years of hard work the authors have put in to get as good as they have.  It shows that persistence is as important as talent, and anyone can learn and practice persistence.  It's probably more important than talent in the long run, because someone could be the best writer in the world, but if they never sent their stories to anyone, or get them published, no one would ever know.