I've been working on the same novel for about a year now. Not to sound vain, but I think that the construction of the novel is pretty good. I think I release just the right amount of interesting information at the right time to make the reader want to continue. It's no secret that one way to become a good writer is to read what other good writers have written. I've heard a lot of good things about A Song of Ice and Fire, so I've started reading A Game of Thrones. I feel like Martin's novel is so good, mainly his description, that mine seems like a young child wrote it. Do you ever feel this discouragement when reading other authors' work? Should we feel discouraged? Do we have to match their skill to be successful?