First of all I am so sorry for my absence. I am writing more than I ever have before as I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo or Nation Novel Writing Month. I am happy with progress so far but it really got me thinking, do you compare your work with others or do you set goals for your writing and try improve your bests?
For NaNo I have been chatting on a special chat room just for my area (Go Liverpool!) and have met many wonderful people, but we are all very different. We write for a set fifteen minuets and then share with everyone how many words we achieved. But should we compare with others?
I find that a little comparison can give me great boost of motivation, but mostly speaking I do not advise too much comparisons with other writers. Each of us has a different method for writing and a different speed and I think that’s great, something to be celebrated! 🙂
If you write for the enjoyment of it then does it matter if someone else writes faster? If you write slower does it really matter if you are still meeting your own goals? I find it far more exciting when i smash my daily word goal or manage to write more in the set fifteen minuets than i usually do. You see the difference is that i try hard to compare myself with ME. So I know if i’ve done better than usual or if i’m having a bad day, not because i’m way behind one person (who’s perhaps written nearly 50k already) but because of comparing myself with what I usually achieve.
So what do you guys think? Is it better to compare yourself with others or do you think comparison with yourself is a healthier way to go? Let me know your thoughts 🙂