Do you compare yourself with other writers?
The Internet has made it easier than ever to compare ourselves with other freelance writers and bloggers easier than ever.
The question is: Is comparison with other writers healthy?
Everyone’s probably already heard about the problems of “keeping up” with the fictional “Joneses.” Comparing yourself with other writers can certainly lead to unhealthy competition and posturing.
Comparison can also be a healthy way to learn more about writing. After all, we’ve all learned from reading each other’s blogs, right?
Frankly, though, I sometimes don’t do well when I spend too much time comparing myself with other writers. Too much comparison leaves me feeling, well, somewhat inadequate, overwhelmed, and even a little bit sick.
“How do they ever manage do get all of that done?” I wonder. “I could never manage even half of that .”
Of course, without contacting the other writer directly, there’s no way for me to know how they did it, either. It might be that their accomplishments look more amazing than they actually are.
The trick when reading other writer’s works is to spend enough time so that you learn something usable, but not so much time that you get caught up in unhealthy comparisons.
How does comparing yourself with other writers affect you?
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