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I've read some great stories lately - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, just to name two. As a reader, I love when I'm on a roll, reading great books - different authors, different genres - one right after the other. As a writer, though, my thoughts turn bleak - will I ever write a novel as compelling as some of my favorites? As entertaining? As creepy? As moving? As memorable? Doubt swirls in, followed by hulking hopelessness. I can usually talk my way through it, but it's sometimes rough going there for awhile.
Do you all ever feel like your own work will never be as good as that of your favorite novels? That you're not as talented as your favorite authors? If so, how do you handle those thoughts? What do you do to feel better, to keep writing, to stay motivated?