Look, I like to write. I am good at it. Well... better than most people, anyway. Far above average.
This is not what I'm talking about.
People ask me why I write or--more often--why I don't write full-time. It's a lot like my swimming career. I'm a good swimmer--and a decent triathlete--but I've never gotten particularly close to going to the Olympics or to being truly world class. That's another league entirely. That's not the same thing at all. What I do, it looks impressive until you compare it to the very best in the world. It's as far from that as my typical weekend warrior master's-level training is to the average, everyday guy who's trying to learn not to drown. It's depressing. It may also be worth doing, but it's as much a reminder of my failures as of my successes.
I'm loving Gone Girl, but it also makes me sad because it is so good.