Here’s the truth…

Here’s the truth: It doesn’t matter. It makes no difference whether Larson or Meyer or James are better or worse than I am. I get to write. I get to share my stories with the world.

This is from a great post on “The Write Practice”

Full post here: http://thewritepractice.com/famous-great/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheWritePractice+%28The+Write+Practice%29

I encourage you to subscribe. The posts are short, focused and constructive.

Main thing that jumped out at me from this post:

“No, this story probably won’t sell as many copies as Twilight, but does that make Stephenie Meyer a better writer than me?

Here’s the truth: It doesn’t matter. It makes no difference whether Larson or Meyer or James are better or worse than I am. I get to write. I get to share my stories with the world. That’s enough.

Competition Versus Connection

I’m a competitive person, and the thought of selling a lot of copies of my books intrigues. But more than being a famous writer or even a great writer, I’m interested in writing stories that connect with my readers. As Robert McKee says, “Your goal must be a good story well told.”

When I focus too much on being better than other writers, I end up writing poorly. When I focus on connecting more—with my characters, with my setting, with my story, and with my readers—I write better.

Which are you focused on: competition or connection?”

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3 comments
  1. I think I get Meyer, but I’m not sure who Larson and James are. Gary Larson of the Far Side and . . . I got nothing on James.

    • tyroper said:

      Stephanie Meyer (Twilight), Steig Larson (The Girl…) & E.L. James (Fifty Shades..)

      • I got one out of three. I was WAY off with two. Not even in the right country.

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