I have a problem.
I struggle with feelings of inadequacy as a writer. I look at popular hits like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and other best-selling epics and I try to make my story more like those ones.
I feel like, unless I turn my story into what is popular, nobody will ever give it a second glance.
But I couldn’t be more wrong. Whether I gain readers or not, that’s not what writing is about. I’m telling a story and I’ve chosen to share that story. Whether or not people read it is up to them. It isn’t my job to write the next Lord of the Rings or the “Christian solution to” Game of Thrones. My job is to write the stories I’ve been blessed with. My job is to write the first Arts of Blade and Shadow, the first Starcrafters’ Saga. My job is to make the world, the characters, the magic my own.
I’m sure I will always struggle with feelings of inadequacy, but if I train myself to break the standards I’ve set for myself, then one day I can defeat those feelings.
Make your story your own. This isn’t defeat.