I’m sure we’ve all gone through thoughts that we’re not good enough, that someone else could do it better.
I was going through one of these phases: any other writer could tell this story better. Then I remembered my conclusion when I put myself down as a bad parent.
Even though I’m not the best mom, I don’t want anyone else raising my kid, because I know him best.
As a writer, my characters deserve the same. I may not be the best writer, but I know my story and characters and no one can tell their story the way I can.
One of my favorite fantasy authors, Patrick Rothfuss, responded to a commenter who wished they could write like him. I wrote this verbatim into my bliss book so I’d always have a reminder when I start comparing myself to other authors.
“I’ll never be able to write a book like The Last Unicorn. I wish I could, but I know I can’t.
You can’t write the sort of story I write. Only I can.
We all have our own style. Our own way. Our own something we need to say.
If you want to write like me, you’re bound to fail. What you want to do is write your story, but do it brilliantly. Do it so well that it shines.
But it takes time. And revision. And depression. And work. And then more work…
I’ve been there. I know what you’re talking about.”
We are all unique. We each have a story to tell. Whether we tell that through our blogs, or poetry, or fiction, or in a different medium such as film or art. We can all contribute to the world. When we stop contributing, we do the world a disservice.
Keep on Going on
You are you.
No one can replace you;
No one can love
the way you do.
You’re not just one star
in the universe;
You are someone’s sun–
They would be adrift
if your light went out.
Don’t give up your dreams—
your success, your creations, your journey,
may change someone else’s life.
Keep on going on.