Why Writers Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Other Writers

One question that I get asked quite a lot is: are you jealous/afraid/hostile towards other writers?  With competition that goes on in other industries and in other hobbies, it is a reasonable question.  My answer is no, I am not.

I myself write because I find it fun.  Both my professional writing and hobby writing are all derived from the fact that I find the writing process challenging but at the same time, it is an escape from stress and anxiety.  If I am doing this for fun, why should I find anyone else a threat to my writing?

At the same time, I acknowledge that my professional writing is a business and I do have to attract clients to my services.  But that doesn’t mean I am competitive.  Every writer has their own niches that they work in.  I am upfront with clients when I don’t believe I can complete the work that they need.

When it comes to my fiction writing, I also believe that everyone has their own niche.  While one person may write about a magical kingdom, it won’t be the same as someone else’s kingdom.  Even if some of the ideas are similar.  This is because every person’s characters develop differently and are unique.

I encourage everyone who wants to write to take up the hobby.  It is a great way to learn more about yourself and to improve your general writing ability.  My love of writing has gotten me jobs but it has also allowed me to take on additional tasks at work such as report reviewing.

Do you want to take up writing?  Find a pen and paper, or a keyboard, and start writing today!

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