Have you ever read a book and thought–“I can so write better than that!” Well, I just finished a mystery by a Scottish author that I found while browsing through Powell’s in Portland. It was ok–not bad–good enough that I stuck with it and finished it (that’s another story for a bit. . .).
Anyway–I finished it last night and thought, “I can so write a better story than that.” Have you been there? Is that how every published author feels? Just because I can write better, will I ever do it? How DID these people get published and sold?!
on the “I did finish it” part: the older I get the choosier I am about what I read. If a book sucks, I just put it down. I no longer feel compelled to finish it just because I started it. And it doesn’t matter if I’ve read five pager or fifty. Life is short. I refuse to read boring text!