Now...here's my IWSG post!
As human beings, it's only natural we'll compare ourselves to others. We notice who is driving a nicer car...
Living in a bigger house...
And wearing nicer clothes.
In writing, we can sometimes feel desperate to compare ourselves to others. We need a benchmark for what we're doing--something that will let us know we're on the right track.
Someone recently said she lives by this motto: "Stay in your lane and keep driving." It's a reminder to stop looking at everyone else and merely focus on what you're doing. In other words...
That's easier said than done, especially once you're published. You constantly watch what other writers are doing. Are they doing 1,000 booksignings the first week their book is out? Is Twitter lighting up with news of their new release? If so, what does that say about your own efforts?
While it's important to note what other people are doing, the only real reason for it is to notice things we can add to what we're already doing. It isn't to feel bad about ourselves. When comparisons start dragging us down, it's time to take a step back and realize this:
Do you ever get dragged down by comparing yourself to others?
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