Play a piece of music for a musician, and odds are the first thing he says is, “I can do that.” writers are pretty much the same, though perhaps not as reliably.
In fact, for writers, it tends to be more, “I can do better than that.” This can make it tough to read, especially when perusing online writing. But I don’t think it’s anything to do with arrogance. (although that may depend on the person)
A lot of writers get a similar reaction when reading something good. This urge to go write, maybe even something with a few elements present in the inspiring work.
And that–at least for writers–is the operative word. Inspiration. Isn’t it a wonderful thing to be able to read an awful book that actually incenses you, and be able to take something positive away from that.
Just a brief thought. It applies to neutral reactions as well. These days, just about everything I read makes me want to write.
Anyway, there’s my non-GoldStruck post for today.