Yesterday I read the first two stories in I BRAKE FOR BAD BOYS (by Lori Foster and Janelle Denison). This afternoon I worked on revising IN THE MOOD, my Brava entry, and I was abruptly overwhelmed by anxiety. My writing isn't as good as Foster and Denison's writing! My story isn't nearly as good as theirs! I don't write as sexy as they do! Aaaaahhhh! *Sound of Ellen hyperventilating*
Eventually, of course, I thought about it logically and calmed down a bit. Of COURSE my story isn't as good as theirs are; good grief, they're *Lori Foster* and *Janelle Denison*! I mean, duh... it kind of goes without saying a pair of nationally bestselling authors write better than I do, you know? But I reminded myself I'm not competing against them, and I don't necessarily have to write as well as Lori Foster to impress Kate Duffy... if that were true, darned few of us would ever catch the eye of an editor!
Besides, it's always a mistake to compare your writing to someone else's. Foster and Denison have very different styles, and very different levels of sensuality, but they're both terrific writers. "Different" does not necessarily equate to "inferior." Always a good thing to remember!
I am now taking a deep breath and going back to revisions:-).