At the time, I assumed TFA was meant as a palette cleanser for the prequel trilogy: "Here's all the stuff you liked from the original, remixed, plus the hotshot fighter pilot trope, which the movies never gave us."My dishonorable mentions are Abrams' gruesome twosome. TFW for being a shameless ripoff - oh, I'm sorry JJ - an homage!. Sorry but it was an uninspired beat-for-beat copy.
And by and large, TFA did it all better.
But "oops, all remixes" is not a game plan for a trilogy and Abrams wanting to do that plus getting mad at TLJ was just a mess.
JJ needed to do collaborative online fiction like so many people did in the 1990s, and would have learned how to gracefully pick up the baton from a prior author who had just gone in a wildly different direction. If fanfic writers can manage it, he should have been able to as well.