This comment thrilled me, but it also got me thinking about the idea of being a writer's writer.
After all, Scott and Michelle can appreciate that I'm following ideas for longer stretches because they know how hard it is to do that themselves. But, would the average non-writing reader feel the same way? Would they care at all?
For me, writing longer chapters was a challenge I gave myself. At the same time, I have no idea if longer chapters makes a better book. Even with Rooster, my last book, one of the things I'm most proud of is that I was able to write from the point of view of multiple characters. But this again could be something readers don't care about...or even get annoyed by! Let's face it, a lot of the things we do as writers get unnoticed by readers.
Okay, okay, we hope that readers still pick up on these skills, even if they aren't aware of them. Perhaps, they can detect that something is better about a book, though they can't quite identify what that something is. But, is it possible that a lot of what makes writing great can only be recognized by people who have done a ton of reading, who have dissected it, who have compared it to other works?
Is there a benefit to being a writer's writer beyond the favorable pat on the back by our colleagues?