Monday, September 7, 2009
Do Great Writers Intimidate You?
Have you ever read a book that you thought was really great and said to yourself, I couldn't do that? I'm not that good of a writer.
If you said no, I can see your nose growing.
I recently read "Dead Sleep" by Greg Iles and said exactly that. His characters were deep and emotional. The plot and story were great. I felt completely intimidated after I finished the story, because I knew I couldn't have written it as well.
But I can write other stories. My stories may not be as good as his right now, but with some practice, maybe they can be. If not, I have heard from my readers that they are entertaining, and isn't that what we are after all? Entertainers?
I'm working on my characters. I'm working on my pacing. I'm working on creating an emotional response in my readers. When I get good at it, my stories will probably be good. I can't say that they will be great, but I'll be happy with good.
So, are you ever intimidated? What are you trying to improve?