I read a lot, and I write a lot. Now usually, reading a lot motivates me to write a lot. I read something, put it down, and think, "Hey, I can do that! Let's GIT 'ER DONE! EUREKA!" and then proceed to hammer out a few thousand words on my WIP. But then there are some authors whose work makes you feel completely inadequate as a writer. For example, I just finished reading THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, and I can honestly say that I do not think I could ever write on that level. Just the constant, sharp-as-a-tack dialogue, the layers upon layers of metaphor and symbolism, the fact that there's a quotable passage on almost every page.... I appreciate authors that are so gifted with the written word, but at the same time, it's intimidating. Almost like I want to throw up my hands and go, "Whelp, I can never do that, why bother?"
Anyone else experience those same moments of author-envy? If so, what stories/authors? Just curious