Writing is not a competition.reposted from reddit.com/r/writing
Too many people think of writing as a competition. They think that they're competing with not only their peers, but with the writing that has come before.
I want to remind you that writing is not a competition.
Writing is an expression. Nothing more. Nothing less.
You don't have to worry about your writing being good or bad or in between. You don't have to compare yourself to other writers. You don't have to be upset at yourself for not writing as much as you want. You don't even have to write. It is not a competition.
Sure, you can express something of value and sell it and make money. That does not make it a competition. The market is not saturated. There is room enough for everyone. The first Harry Potter book still sells. The Bible still sells. Chicken Soup for the Soul still sells. If these mega-blockbusters can still sell, there is room enough for you.
And at the end of the day, writing is about communicating something of value, be that an entertaining story or an enlightening story; a how-to guide or a how-not-to biography; a blog post or a status update. They're all valid forms of expression.
Stop competing. Start trying to give value to the lives of your readers.