It’s a big worry for writers – ALL writers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re little Timmy the nine year old, who just discovered he can create his own alien worlds with a chewed pen and some old drawing paper; or you’re the God of your chosen genre with fifty years experience behind you…you still worry about other authors being better than you. Of course you do, it’s a survival instinct.
A brief look around will show you, despite what ‘experts’ say, that books are still piling up on publishers and agents desks, and are still flying off the shelves in their millions. This is still a tough business to break into…Hell; it’s a tough business to keep afloat in even if you’ve already broken in! It’s natural to look at the competition and feel disheartened that you’ll never, ever, ever be that good!
But that shouldn’t be what you’re worrying about. Nope, you should be worrying about getting that damn book finished! You have enough on your plate without panicking that someone has written a better story than you. Of course they have! If you were the best writer out there you’d only read your own work, why bother buying a book of lower quality when you can crank out your own bestselling page-turner.
Knowing there are better authors out there should inspire not discourage. It should give you something to aim for, a point to strive for, imagine if you could improve your craft and reach an equal footing with the authors you admire so much.
A writer who thinks they’ve reached their peak (quality wise) is only fooling themselves. There is always room for improvement.
Just remember there is someone out there that thinks you are a better writer than them.