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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