I recently took the opportunity to read some of my past writing. Some of it was halfway decent, but for the most part it was garbage.
Cringeworthy and only good for kindling. If I had submitted my work for critique at that point in my life I would have been crushed. But that’s because I’d only just begun on my path as a writer.
When you look on facebook at someone announcing their book deal, or if you check your favorite artist/webcomic’s feed, what you’re seeing is the culmination of years and years of hard work.
So stop comparing yourself to them! It’s about as realistic a standard as the models in the magazine. Not only that, everyone goes at their own pace. Tolkien didn’t publish The Hobbit until he was 45! There is no rush. It helps absolutely NO ONE to doubt or belittle yourself.
If you feel like your work isn’t up to par then do something about it! Self-pity is toxic and doesn’t do you any good. If you want to be a better writer then write. If you want to be a better artist then draw. It is oftentimes the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do, but if you truly believe in your passion then it is worth fighting for.
Now go out there and be the best version of yourself!
Bye for now!