The Pros and Cons of Comparing Yourself to Other Writers

Novelty Revisions

I’ve written it before, and I’ll write it again: Comparing yourself to other writers is usually a terrible idea.

Especially if you’re new to this whole writing thing. It’s tempting to look at my blog, for example, and wonder how quickly you can “catch up.” (Not very — I’m on year 9, y’all.)


There are some possible advantages to looking at and even studying other writers’ accomplishments.

Here the benefits and drawbacks of doing this.

Pro: You might learn something

Looking at others’ work can teach you a lot about where you’re excelling and falling short as a writer. It’s sometimes good to pay attention to what others are doing well and poorly.

Con: Just because one writer does something a certain way doesn’t mean you should

There’s nothing wrong with “celebrity” writing advice. People take advice from famous artists all the time — and for good reason. Something…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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