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Writing is Not a Competition

An explanation of why writers should help each other instead of feeling that they have to compete.

William Hertling

on 22 March 2013

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Transcript of Writing is Not a Competition

Here's Why! Writing Is Not A Competition Is writing a competition? Celebrate "Competition" Some writers claim that there are a limited number of readers, and so every writer is competing for attention and eyeballs. While I wrote Avogadro Corp, I happened to read Daniel Suarez's Daemon, a very good book about an artificial intelligence that manipulates the world.

It was so good, I almost gave up writing Avogadro Corp. Readers like micro-genres When I finally published, people who read it said Avogadro Corp was very similar to Daemon. Similar writers can cooperate together in a journey to reach their audience.

Finding writers creating similar books is the best thing that can happen to you as a writer. So, the writer's problem is not one of competition, but of discovering and connecting with their readers. Tell your readers about similar writers
Recommend each other's books
Create a joint website to promote your micro-genre
Help each other If we are competing, then we don't help each other Writers who believe they're competing for readers aren't likely to help other writers. They won't spread the word about good books. They might even leave bad reviews. Luckily, I kept writing. I finished Avogadro Corp and published it in December of 2011.

Like Daemon, it's a book about an artificial intelligence that manipulates people towards goals only it is aware of. They remembered their friends who liked Daemon, and they told them to read Avogadro Corp.

And those friends told other people, who told still more people, until thousands had bought Avogadro Corp.

Daemon is not my competition. It helps me discover readers interested in the particular micro-genre of near-term science fiction about artificial intelligence taking over the world. There are hundreds of millions of science fiction fans.

Millions of those are interested in killer robots and artificial intelligence.

A hundred thousand are so passionate that they must consume every book written about the emergence of artificial intelligence.

But there's only a few dozen novels about the topic. These people
are my target audience. And their biggest problem?

There's not enough books written about the topic they're passionate about.

They aren't dealing with a glut of books, but a scarcity of them.
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