I hope you get it that this is a trick question.
Of course, you are your own competition, and that is how it always must be.
You don’t really compete with other writers because it is unlikely in the extreme that anyone else is writing what you write. No, seriously. Even if you’re writing about teenage angsty vampires, your take will be very different than anyone else.
The person you are competing with… the person you should recognize the competition with, is always you.
I’ve said it before, and knowing how I like to repeat myself…
knowing how I like to repeat myself…
I’m sure I’ll say it again.
Is it a practical goal? Is it something you can honestly manage?
I’d say that is up to you, but it is certainly a worthy goal, and one I feel we should all take on.
But, get this. Just making something a goal does not ensure that the goal is met. Think about your diet or exercise programs, or your reading list. But the chance of actually improving your craft becomes a great deal more likely when the goal is set.
Chances are you won’t make it every time you try. But like a good many sports figures have said, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Now, who is your competition?
What you write today should be better than what you wrote yesterday. At the very least that should be your goal.