Almost everything I read about writing a book requires you to read in your genre. Or just read, period.
So, wanting to be a writer, I set about it with a vengeance. But when I read, the result has been one of two things. It can make me think – “Oh great, perhaps I could do this. Press on, get it finished!”
Or, it's making me think – “What’s the point? This is miles better than anything I could produce! I’ll never get it finished, I’ll never get published….” Etc., etc.