Have you ever compared your writing to others in your genre? Have you ever had the anxiety that you don’t quite measure up?
This happens to me all the time. Especially now that I’m trying a new genre, steampunk, which is still pretty narrowly defined.
I was reading a steampunk novel last night when I encounter a whole zombie scene. I was disgusted, turn-off, grossed out, you get the picture. I don’t do zombies. Yet this book is greatly written, well respected and because of that gave me great anxiety….
Until the zombies.
I just can’t do zombies. I have my novel, my work, my vision. It may sell, it may please readers. It may not please readers of zombie/steampunk but that’s ok.
We don’t need to copy/imitate the books that are out there and sold to be successful. We will only fall flat on our face (i.e. write bad imitations). And we will be miserable through the whole process.
It’s important to know the market but writer’s happiness come first.
We write our own true-to-self story. And hope someone out there will love it too.
But if you don’t love it, you can’t expect others to love it too.