Stop Ruining Your Writing By Comparing It To Others

By on May 29, 2020

Comparison is the thief of jot when it comes to writing. Yet not comparing ourselves to others is much easier said than done. Here’s how you can stop comparing yourself to others and become a healthier, happier writer because of it.

Reduce your social media time

Social media is important for writers as it can help to build audiences and connect with new fans. However, if you spend your time on social media looking at what other writers have achieved and feeling jealous and hopeless, you are doing yourself no favors. Switch off social media and take the time to focus on your own writing instead.

Realize what your niche is and find your audience

We all have something unique and of value to bring to the table. Don’t forget it. Take the time to discover what your niche is, what your USP is, and then go out and find those people who want to hear what you have to say. You don’t need to have mass appeal if you have a specialist army of loyal fans clamoring for more!

Turn rejections into positives

Rejections are just stepping stones that indicate you are moving forward in your writing journey. Try not to let rejections devastate you, or the lack of them for other writers make you feel demotivated. Many writers have been rejected, in fact, almost all of them. So even if you know a person who got a publishing deal after sending their manuscript to one agent, know that’s the exception, not the rule.

Write about the things you love

Be authentic, stay true to yourself, and write about the things that fill your heart with joy. That’s really the only way to make writing worth it after all.

Only measure your success by the goals you have set for yourself

Instead of comparing yourself to others, think about the things that would satisfy you, would make all the effort you put into your writing seem worthwhile, and then focus on achieving these goals, come what may. Nothing else matters.

Learn how to take advice and criticism

To be a good writer, you need to have thick skin. Learn how to take advice and yes, even criticism well. It doesn’t mean people think your work is terrible, or that they are better than you. The sooner you accept this, the better.

Find writer’s that inspire you

Reading is imperative for every writer. However, it is important to make sure that you choose to follow those writers who truly inspire you and motivate you, not the ones that leave you muttering and green with envy. 

By following the above, you can learn how to reduce the amount of time comparing yourself to others and focus on your own writing journey instead. Good luck!

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