I had a different topic planned for today, but then I saw this blog post by Chuck Wendig about comparing ourselves to others and thought it was a message worth sharing.
Take a look. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Great post, right?
“You will never get anywhere comparing yourself to others.” ~ Chuck Wendig
It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap. I came back from RWA nationals last month with a lot of useful information and a renewed commitment to my writing, but I also came back with thoughts of “I’ll never write as many books as Author X” and “I’m not nearly as far along in my writing career as Author Y.” Even yesterday I was feeling a bit disappointed over my 750 word writing day (which really was a nice breakthrough) after hearing that my friend had surpassed 30,000 words this weekend (ack!). A pointless comparison, since all it did was decrease the joy of my own accomplishment. Unfortunately, it’s something that is regrettably easy to do.
“Comparison is the thief of joy” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
As writers, we’re all on our own paths. Writing the stories that only we can write, and in a way that is unique to us. Comparing ourselves with others does little more than take some of the fun out of our creative process and can, in some cases, stop creativity dead in its tracks.
“There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.” ~ Francis Bacon
Avoiding the comparison trap is a challenge for me because, as I found out during a recent personality assessment at work, I’m a bit competitive. I don’t think of myself as competitive, but when I asked some independent observers for confirmation (i.e., family members), they responded with comments like “oh you absolutely are” and bombarded me with examples. Sigh.
I, like my manuscript, am a work in progress, and there’s no time for comparisons with others.