It had been a long time since I spoke to other writers, aspiring writers, or those who dabbled therein, so when I returned to this forum (although I expected never to do so) and the first thread I read was about someone who "hated" his own work, I pondered about why this might be, though only transiently before starting a thread and thinking through my writing, here. Is it age? I have not had the sense of, "I wrote this, but I hate it," since I was in my late teens. I do not mean to insult anyone, naturally, but is it possible that hormones, emotions and worry are relevant to the many emotional phenomena related to writing? I am not, incidentally, implying that no one who is "mature" will dislike his own writing, but rather, the particular WAY these people hate their writing almost has a desperate, miserable quality to it. If I write something poor, I will sometimes laugh at it and discard it, or show it to someone as an example of what not being in the "zone" can do, sometimes. I can imagine working very intensely on a piece, failing to make it possess the emotional quality that I desire, and, in my frustration, showing it to someone to gain a fresh perspective, but I think I would not make a vague statement about "hating" it but rather explain specifically what my writing is not doing that I wish it to do, although sometimes, we must admit as writers, our writing can be doing exactly what we want it to do, and perhaps we, as the writer, do not see it initially, which is why another person's perspective is often necessary. Have you ever written something you do not consider to be great or special in any way, but months or even years(!) later you find it, dust it and, upon reading it, you are fascinated by how good you were even then? My recommendation, then, for those who perceive themselves always dismissing their own work as poor, uninteresting, unemotional or aimlessly ambling, is for them to write, put the writing away, and several weeks (at least) later, read it again. You will have, I believe, a certain detachment from it, and be able to read it without the memory of exactly what you were trying to achieve, but instead be able to perceive what you DID achieve. Or something, I dunno what I'm talking about.