From the title, I’m sure you know what I’ll be discussing today.
Before I begin, I want to proudly announce I’ve caught up with some reading and writing. I’m really happy because that’s my major goal for this month, and I want to continue focusing on my craft.
Today, I want to discuss popularity and competition. Yesterday, the results of a writing contest came in from another website. One of my writing friends online, a popular writer on the site, was upset she didn’t win. I tried to console her, but I know when people are sad or discouraged, it’s hard to pull them out of it. Lord knows when I’m depressed over my writing, it takes me days, even months to snap back.
Anyway, the conversation with her got me thinking. I would love to have what she had – reads, votes, comments, and thousands and thousands of followers – but for her, she didn’t care about that. It made me wonder, does popularity and competition truly matter for a writer?
When I looked at the winners, they were either popular writers on the site, or they had connections to the management. Generally, unless it’s an official competition from like wirtersdigiest.com or something, I don’t bother submitting my work for awards.
As writers, we write because we love it, to bring our characters and stories to life. However, at the same time, we also want to be read. Where is the fine line between loving the craft and wanting to be read? It’s a hard question, and one I don’t have an answer for.
My friend isn’t the first popular writer I’ve seen get distraught or discouraged. There are a few writers I know who had millions of reads and followers just pull down their stories and cancel their accounts. In the end, I don’t think popularity and competition should be the focus for a writer. As writers, we should work on our craft and improve our skills. Of course, getting your work out there is important, but if even the popular, bestselling writers can easily be discouraged, then what’s the point?
What are your thoughts on this? I know a lot of writers say they write for themselves, no one else. However, if somehow you became a bestselling author, what would you do? Would you get discouraged if you didn’t win an award?
Also, has anyone ever used https://www.scribd.com before. And Lastly, I’ll be updating Clash of Tides soon!!!!!!!!