That got published? I can write better than that!
And that attitude can all too quickly snowball into:
I can’t believe what the industry is coming to. Look at the crap that gets through these days. Why aren’t agents, editors, readers paying attention to me when my stuff is so much better than this dreck!?
This is a big mistake. Huge. Besides the fact that all those negatives aren’t true, is that really what we want to focus on? Really?
Why waste our time and energy bad-mouthing people when we could be focusing on the other side? On those authors we admire. The ones who make us want to stretch ourselves and teach us how to get to that next level in our writing.
It’s a much healthier cycle to find a new book and say:
Wow, that got published. Someday, I’m going to write like that!