I’m sure I’m not the only fiction writer that goes through a cycle of self-doubt after reading something great. Typically, this takes the form of ‘Wow, that’s awesome, I can’t write like that. I’ll never be able to write like that. My book is garbage. I should just give up.’ But, fortunately, we keep writing because writing is what and who we are.
And that’s really my writer’s insight for today. It’s not amazingly original advice, and it’s not specific to writing, but basically it says, ‘If you feel you’re not good enough, you need to practice more, not less.’ You need to work against your instincts of self doubt. After all, we only improve with hard work.
So keep writing.
Insight and longevity.