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The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.

That quote is a SUPER fancy way of saying that you really shouldn’t worry about writers who you think write better than you do or have better careers than you do, so simple reasons like the fact that they got started before you did. There is no upper limit to being a writer. You can be a writer at 10 at 20 at 40 at 80. It just doesn’t matter.

Your writing career is your writing career. There is no “standard” to follow, no “magic formula” that explains success. It happens when you work for it. And it’s HARD. There’s no hiding from that. Being a writer is hard, being an artist is hard, because everything comes from you.

What’s important is that you be proud of you accomplish, and you take pride in what you put out into the world. Nothing else matters. If you write one book every 10 years or one book every 10 months, you are still a writer. It doesn’t matter. You just have to keep going and keep persevering. Don’t follow some set of rules that you think you can’t fit into. Come up with your own rules and forge your own path as a writer. No one will tell you that you’re doing it “the wrong way”, and if they do, then they’re not telling you with YOUR best interests at heart.

Always keep writing, because that is the only way you’re going to grow your craft. I am a better writer than I was yesterday, and I am definitely a better writer than I was ten years ago. Being unpublished in the traditional sense doesn’t matter. Don’t worry about what people think on the outside, it’s about what you know and what you know you’re capable of, and striving to work past that every time you sit down in front of your computer.

As always, here’s to a productive week of writing.

*#MondayMotivation quote found on my Pinterest Board: Inspirational Quotes About Writing

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