Writers as support, not a competition.
Someone on Twitter posted “HARSH WRITING ADVICE: Your writer friends are also your competition. Sorry.”
This is ridiculous.
I am in no way in competition with the majority of writers who write books nothing like mine. You write moving stories about families torn apart by internal conflict? Your readers aren’t mine. Someone who writes only horror novels is not my competition.
And neither are writers who write the same kind of stuff I do.
Those writers who write like me are friends I encourage, and do you know why? Because when their readers are looking for something else to read, here I am. Here’s my similar stuff. You like Philippa Ballentine and Tee Morris’s steampunk novels? Well, while you’re waiting for their next one, here’s another fun steampunk novel you may be interested in. Oh, you prefer the humorous high fantasy of Alan Dean Foster? Well, look what I’ve got…
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