Keep your eyes on your own damn paper.
What I mean by this, is don't be tempted to look to the right or the left, comparing yourself to what someone else is doing.
During your journey as a writer, you will meet the following people:
- The person who can write 80,000 words in 3 weeks
- The person who only has a first, second, and third draft
- The person who found an agent in the check out line
- The person who found an editor through their church
- The person who works 40 hours a week, writes 12 hours a day, babysits orphans, makes gourmet 5-course meals for their five kids and spouse, and still manages to look fabulous. Oh, and blog ;).
Tell you what--you CANNOT compare your journey to the journeys of others.
Why not, you ask? Let me put it to you this way.
Are you the same as anyone else you know?
Have you lived the same life?
Dreamed exactly the same dreams?
Worked the same jobs?
Loved the same people?
Written the same words?
Your life is completely different than anyone else's on earth :). And that's exciting! You don't have to be anyone else, compare yourself to anyone else, or worry about anyone else's successes. Your dreams and goals are your own.
So, keep your eyes on your own paper, take your own journey, no matter how short or how long, and enjoy the heck out of it while you're at it. You'll be glad you did ;).
What do you guys think?
Have there been times when you've compared yourselves to others?