Have you ever looked at a book and thought, wow that's amazing? Have you ever experienced that sweeping sense of despair when you look at your own WIP and think, why can't it look as pretty?
I've often felt both, and I think it's part of the writer mindset. We are constantly being told (by crit partners, friends, the media, or ourselves) to work on the characters, tighten the plot,check grammar, create a platform that will draw readers before you even have an agent. It's exhausting. And I think after a while it wears us down to where we think we'll never have it as good as those published writers with their gorgeous book covers and royalty checks.
So to combat this feeling, when reading I try to find scenes where I think something has been cut, or where a scene had to be condensed into a paragraph to shorten the book. It's really fun, actually. And it reminds me that these published writers were once like the rest of us: unpublished and praying to every possible deity that they'd find the right agent/get a good review/win the contest/
become filthy stinking rich have the public be moderately interested in what they have to say. And, as I said before, it's just fun.
Happy Monday! Look! A puppy!