Do you compare yourself to other writers? Here's what you can do instead.
Why role model?
Instead of comparing your writing to others you can emulate the habits of other authors. You can take the qualities of a writer you admire and use them as a springboard for your own writing. Read author bios to find out how they got where they did. Sometimes they discuss challenges they had and how they were overcome. You can be inspired by other authors says Kelly L. stone, and author of Living Write. This is a great read if you are serious about writing. Visit www.KellyLStone.com.
I"ve heard of writers who copy out whole pages or chapters from their favourite writers hoping some of their qualities will rub off on them. Other writers interview successful writers.
You can pick and choose qualities of different writers to improve your own habits and routines.
Both Fiction and non fiction writers copy or type out content from authors they admire. I suppose you could try this with blogging too as long as you keep your material original. If you are afraid of plagiarizing you can always use the software tool Copy Scape.
Build an Avatar
The biggest reason for role modeling is for inspiration and motivation. It's useful to learn new sets of skills and insights from other writers. Have you thought about attending a writer's conference?
Stone talks about creating an Avatar similar to the kind of writer you want to be, and keep it close when you are writing--She has some great exercises you can do. Role modeling helps you recognize that you belong to a group of people with the same ambitions you have. All writers have unique backgrounds-- this experience should be eclectic.
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