This quote from Dean Koontz got me thinking: "Read a novel by a really bad writer whose work you despise, and tell yourself 'If this junk can get into print, publishers will fight one another for the rights to my book.'"
I cringed when I first read that, but then I thought, it's kind of true, isn't it?
If I read a really great book where I am drooling over the prose, I beat myself up about my own writing.
At least at first, before I aspire to become better. Dang-it!
BUT, if I read a book where the writing sounds equal to or worse than mine, I sit up a little straighter and somehow feel more confident.
I think there's something to that. It's all a mindset, isn't it?
That said, I would NEVER go around bad-mouthing someones writing, and I absolutely HATE when I hear other writers do that.
For example, I have heard a lot of this kind of mud-slinging towards Stephanie Meyers and her TWILIGHT series (jealous much), and I think that's just plain WRONG.
I think what Dean Koontz was getting at with his quote was the internal struggle a writer (or anyone for that matter) has with them self. And how you come to grips with your own talents and successes.