For the first few years of playing guitar all I did was write music, and yes its safe to say that I only dabbled in the work of others, because I was doing whatever I could to develop my own style. But as the years progress, we kind of gain more patience, (where we stop trying to learn everything at once) and where we just concentrate on what really inspires us to move to the next level. Just try and concentrate on one thing at a time, and although theory ius very important, give your ears a good excercise, try to cop your favorite songs off the radio, and before you know it you'll be playing your favorite solos by ear. Playing guitar is a wonderful learning experience, but the key to success is to enjoy what you're doing, and to make the best of your efforts... There atre some great websites all over the net that can help you gain a better perspective, including this one. :)
"Swoop and soar like the blues angels."