Does the fact that Steig Larson’s sold more books than War and Peace mean Larson is a better author?
Does the fact that more people have read Twilight than have read Mark Twain mean Stephenie Meyer is a better writer?
More important for us, does the fact that we are all less known than E.L. James (as far as I know) mean our stories aren’t as good?
My New Short Story
Today, I’m officially releasing my new short story, “Hands,” on Amazon. You can get the story here.* One of my favorite things in the world is to share a piece of my writing for the first time. I love this story, and I’m proud to offer it to you. I think you’ll like it.
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 me. 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?
Write to connect:
- Connect with your characters
- With your setting
- With your story
- With your readers
Free write for fifteen minutes while focussing on connection. When you’re finished, post your practice in the comments section. And if you post, please be sure to comment on the posts of a few other writers.
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