Hello, writerly friend~ ♥︎
I see what you mean. Well, you are certainly right about those two points! That is exactly what I would have told you~ c;
So, now that we are pretty much on the same page. Let’s actually talk about something you said— because it raises a VERY good point!
"But I still can’t help sometimes feeling like a small spark next to a bright sun."
Do you think these writers your look up to look at their own work and think that they are ‘suns’?
Nope. To put it bluntly, every writer thinks that they are the worst writer ever. Seriously. Click on that link and read that post. It’s one of my favorites.
Every single writer who does this out of love will admit that they can always get better, because writing is a craft in which nobody becomes a master. Every single writer who does this out of love will admit that their work is inferior to that of the people who inspired them (and those people would admit the same).
We all have people who inspire us, and we put their work on a pedestal. This is not bad, because (again) we are all artisans of a craft where nobody becomes a master.
Sure… it’s humbling to see your work as sparks against suns, but remember I need you to remember something, okay? I hope you are sitting down, because I am going to hit you very hard on the head.
Someday, someone will look at your work and feel the same way you feel right now.
They will look at your writing, and consider it to be ‘suns’ compared to their ‘sparks.’ And this is good— because we are all looking for people to inspire us, people we want to be like, people who fill us with hope.
I just hope you are ready, because that will happen someday.
I want you to remember that what you are feeling is normal. Every writer feels that way. I know that I will never be as clever as Lemony Snicket, or as funny as Terry Pratchet— but I sure the hell am not going to give up, because (someday) someone is going to need my work to inspire them.
And I will inspire them, so that they can inspire others.
I hope this helps, writerly friend! If you, or anyone else, have any more questions, please feel free to send them my way!
Keep writing, and keep inspiring others~ ♥︎