Guys playing pickup basketball on the playground don’t usually think they can step in and compete in the NBA.
Someone who doesn’t own a guitar doesn’t usually think he can become the next Jimi Hendrix.
Someone who can’t draw doesn’t usually think they’re the next Georgia O’Keefe.
Why is it so hard for us to tell if we’re good writers or not?
Just about every writer at some point has struggled with the Am I Crazies, not really knowing if they have the chops or the ability to make their writing stand out.
And, on the flipside, it sure seems like the majority of people in the world think they can write a book. And not only write a book, but write it as well as a published author. And not only just as well as a published author, but just as well as bestselling published authors who are among the elite in terms of building an audience and having their work catch on with readers. There are lots of people out there who think it’s easy, think they could do it, and all but a handful are wrong.
What is it about writing that makes people put on the blinders and fail to recognize their limitations and makes the talented unable to recognize their own goodness?