Guest Post: On Reading by Books For A Delicate Eternity 11

This is a guest post written by Chiara at Books For A Delicate Eternity. Chiara is a book lover, book hoarder, book blogger, book reviewer, and book coveter (she loves making up words, too)You can find all her book loving, hoarding, blogging, reviewing, and coveting at her blog, Books For A Delicate Eternity.


I have no idea if I am the only one with conflicting emotions towards authors. But I do. Have conflicting emotions, that is.

On the one hand, I adore every author that has written a book that I have enjoyed. I would love to personally thank each and every one of them for putting in the time and effort to create the world in their books, and to make it possible for me to read them.

And then there is the envy, where I become the infamous green eyed monster. I have been writing since I have been able to retain memories, and it is one of my all time dreams to become a published author one day. And this is where the envy comes in. These authors (that I sincerely love, trust me), have gotten their stuff together, sat down, wrote a book, sent it out to publishers, got it published, watched the beauty of their own words being formed into real life novels, and they have somehow reached my hands.

And I am just so envious!

Caption: Yep, okay, I guess I look like Mike when I’m envious.

I want to finally finish a book, and have it accepted, and have it printed, and have it make its way to some far off country (I’m making it sounds like I live in freaking Scandinavia, or something. I live in Australia), where a young girl (or boy, but I doubt any boys would become obsessed with the kind of stories I write, but hey, you never know) can read it, and fall in love with the characters, and places that I have created with my imagination and my words. I would love it!

But then I hear about how hard it is to get published, and how many novels there are that nobody really reads, and that aren’t properly appreciated. And I get discouraged. Oh, and there’s also the fact that I can never seem to finish any of the novels I start, but that can be a post for another day.

So, on the one hand, I read these novels, and I love them. I praise the author for writing them, and I add them to my ‘favourites’, or ‘love dearly’ shelves on goodreads. And, on the other hand, I am internally glaring at these authors that seem so much more talented than I am, and who have had the chance to publish their novel. It’s a very confronting, and confusing situation.

I do not know if I am the only one who has conflicting feelings and emotions towards their favourite authors, but I, for one, do.

And do not even get me started on those lucky authors that get a MOVIE made based on their books. Do not even let me go there.


I’d like to thank Chiara for taking the time to do a guest post here on Books and Bindings. Make sure you check out her blog…and don’t forget to follow!

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11 thoughts on “Guest Post: On Reading by Books For A Delicate Eternity

  1. Reply bookskeepmesane Jul 3,2013 8:59 am

    I don’t really feel jealous of my favorite authors for having their books published. But I, too, want to have my works published. But at the same time I am afraid that nobody would read my novels or get rejected, it’s one of the main things that makes me afraid to really write a novel 🙁

    • Reply Andrea K. Jul 3,2013 1:58 pm

      That’s how I felt at first, too. I was afraid no one would ever read what I write, but then I realized it doesn’t really matter. Writing is a passion and I’ll do it for myself. 🙂 I’ve never really finished a novel yet, but I have a few finished short stories. 🙂

    • Reply bookskeepmesane Jul 4,2013 9:30 am

      i have written a few fan fictions here and there but i just do them to express my fangirliness .. lol :))

    • Reply books for a delicate eternity Jul 4,2013 6:18 pm

      A lot of people have started out writing fan fiction, and become published authors, though! 😀

    • Reply books for a delicate eternity Jul 3,2013 6:59 pm

      I agree, Farzy, it is so scary when you think of sending your book off, and a rejection letter coming back in its place. Personally, I have never sent a book off (but that’s because I’ve never finished one, haha), but I think it would be devastating.
      I’ve finished some short stories, too, Andrea. And I think it would be awesome to publish some kind of anthology 😀

    • Reply Andrea K. Jul 3,2013 9:27 pm

      I think so, too. Something like an anthology would be awesome! 🙂

  2. Reply lindseysurratt Jul 3,2013 12:48 pm

    You are most certainly NOT the only one. I have the same problem, I get motivated to write my story and then all these negative thoughts flood my mine on how hard it is to get to the next step. Trust me you’re not alone, but I can tell from your posts that you are a great writer so don’t get discouraged!

    • Reply Andrea K. Jul 3,2013 2:12 pm

      I think she’s a very good writer, too. We just need positive thoughts and encouragement…go Chiara! 😀

    • Reply books for a delicate eternity Jul 3,2013 7:02 pm

      You are your own worst enemy when it comes to writing, I think. You are your harshest critic, as well. Sometimes I go back and reread what I have written in the past, and I just think its terrible. But then I might show it to someone (very rarely, though, I am ridiculously self conscious about my writing), and they might say it’s good (but then I think they’re just saying that because they’re usually my family or closest friends :P).
      Thank you, guys! ^.^

  3. Reply Patricia @ Lady with Books Jul 5,2013 12:37 pm

    Oh! Those rotten authors who followed their dreams and were lucky enough to achieve them! How I hate/love/envy them. Add another girl writing fanfiction to express her fangirliness. I have so many ideas for novels that it’s ridiculous. My notes for my ideas for my novels are novel length at this point. But I have trouble finishing my fanfiction stories in a timely manner. I think actually finishing a full length novel might kill me.

    • Reply books for a delicate eternity Jul 5,2013 6:37 pm

      Yes! Someone agrees with me 😀
      I know how you feel. I have a notebook filled with novel ideas! The closest I have ever gotten to finishing a novel is the one I am writing now. I am at 30,000 words. I am nearly half way! But things just get in the way of my writing time, and I have written anything in months! D:
      I have never actually written a fanfic, or read one. Shameful, I know.

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