Creative people tend to compare their work with other people’s work. Writers are usually inspired by the books and the authors they admire.
Every time I a read a good book, or even a good line, I would think:
Oh, I wish I could write like this!
And that’s what puts me in the writing chair.
Most of the times, this is a good thing. We should all be inspired by each other and we should learn from each other as well.
The trouble comes when you overlook all the effort which author had put in his work before it was delivered to your hands.
No one will show you the writing process bloopers or behind the scenes which usually come in the form of the first draft or should I say – countless drafts.
You might think that the author just sat down and poured those brilliant words straight from her pen, but the truth is quite the opposite.
Writing is a mine digger’s work and it is based on trials and errors and endless corrections.
In most case scenarios, you will compare your beginnings – (your first drafts) with other people’s masterpieces and this will lead you to the inevitable loss of self-confidence and motivation because your manuscript doesn’t look anything like War and Peace and your character is not as nearly as attractive as Holden Caulfield.
There is a great book on that matter, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. What she is basically saying is:
Write that first shitty draft and fix it later.
Most often, a belief that your manuscript should flawlessly drip onto the white pages can even prevent you from starting to write.
Don’t let perfectionism ruin your book.