Is that finished or famished? Sometimes I am not sure. It goes like this:
Read a few chapters. Think ‘Wow, this is actually Ok. No, maybe it is even good.’ Feel smug. Make congratulatory cup of tea. Pick up latest Graham Hurley novel. Open at page xxx. Read a chapter. Go back to own writing. Read a few chapters. Think ‘Bollocks. What a pile of absolute crap. Couldn’t make minestrone soup from the meagre content in here.’ Revise proposed completion date to sometime around 2017.