Sunday, August 29, 2010

Other writers are better than you?!

I was reading more of The Bourne Objective book last night and just yesterday Elana was saying on her blog how she hates reading good books because she hasn't written them and her book can't get close to it.  Elana, I feel your pain.
As I was reading this book I was thinking, "Oh my gosh, Lustbader did such a good job with this book.  His every paragraph is so... So perfect!"
Do you guys know what I mean?  Can anyone else relate?

Just reading this book was almost heartbreaking because I was saying, "How did he write it this well?  What did he do?" And perhaps in the far back of my mind I was even wondering, "Why can't my book be as brilliant as this one?"
The truth of the matter is that none of us can hope to write as Lustbader or any other published author.  Yeah, their books are different from yours.  Yes, you are going to envy their success until you have some of your own.  But the thing we have to remember is that we are unique and our story can be successful by reading these greats books and finding the encouragement and determination to make our book the best it can be.
For all of you who are struggling to get your book somewhere, I'm right there with you.  I wrote this post for you and because I needed to remind myself.  Keep writing; don't give up; you're book has potential.  Somebody's got to say it every now and then.  We all need to lean on each other during times where it seems like maybe every glimpse of hope we saw in our book is gone.  It's not gone, even if it does seem like that.  It's still there; keep looking.

1 Comment:

Franklin Beaumont said...

The great thing is though, the more you write, the more you improve, and the closer you get to where you want to be. I'm sure Lustbader has/had writers that served as aspirations and inspirations for himself. I think every writer does. We all need something to aim at; as soon as we become satisified with ourselves, we stop growing.

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