There’s always someone else, isn’t there? That guy or gal who can turn a phrase better than you can. Who can write faster and more fluidly than you can. Who can pull together a post or an article or a story that sings and soars.
When you compare your writer to their work, yours seems to come up short. And, to be honest, that can be discouraging. Very discouraging. Sometimes, it can make you want to pack it in and take up something else.
I’ve been in that position several times. Each time, comparing myself to other writers put a huge dent in my productivity and set back my development as a writer.
Regardless of whether you’re just starting out or if you’ve been hammering a keyboard for a while, you need to fight the urge to compare yourself to other writers.