As I settle in to my 52nd year, I realise something about myself. When I see another writer’s book being released successfully with everything I’ve recently been writing about, I go, ‘Darn it!’ And I normally get deflated. Somebody else better than me got there before me! Again!
The truth is, there are so, so many talented writers out there and there is always going to be someone who will write about similar subjects that I have. Yes, they may have a degree in writing, yes, they may have a job in the media area which could give them a little leg up the recognition ladder but that is no reason for me to not even try. I’m going to have to get that chip off my shoulder and start fighting!
I only started writing six years ago and I know I have improved greatly. I also know that I have a lot of very interest things to say about every area of life and I have the experience! I have made many mistakes in my life and I have graciously learned from my mistakes. I went to the professionals for help and I can tell you, like everything else on this Earth, there are very good professionals and some not so good. I also love to read and I read many, many self help books on how to do it better.
I have to stop comparing myself with others and start believing in myself! I am an individual and it doesn’t matter if other writers have the same thing to say as me, because it is coming from a different perspective, so, it will always be different. That is one of the great mysteries of human beings. For all of the billion people on this planet, not one of us look the exact same and not one of us think the exact same. We are all completely individual!