Saturday, April 20, 2013

Comparing Ourselves to Others

Comparing Ourselves to Others

It's tempting to compare ourselves to those who share similar goals. Most people who read this blog are writers, and, as writers of YA fiction, we dream of publication. As we see those around us succeed, be it landing an agent, signing a book contract, or *gasp* optioned for film, it's easy to fall victim to jealousy. And you know what? That's natural. That's okay. Well, as long as we remain happy for those good things are happening to, anyway. Let's not have a poor attitude towards them because they're getting it done. They've worked hard. Let's applaud them, or give em' knucks, or whatevs. 

Sometimes we take our jealousy/envy a step further though and we go onto and think/say to ourselves, "I'm not good enough," or "I suck," or "what am I doing wrong?" or "I'm never writing again." But I'm here to tell you:  STOP IT!

We're all different and we're all on different paths. We need to let other writers' failures and successes go and focus on our own. Besides, so many of those landmarks on the path to publication are out of the writers' hands. So, I guess, from one writer to another: It doesn't matter what others think or expect of you. Set your own goals based on your own life. Stop comparing yourself. Run your own race. But definitely give it your all.

What about you? Do you find yourself comparing yourself to other writers? I know I have. Any tips to other writers out there?

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