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Title: Writing Is Not A Contest Posted: July 06, 2006 (08:06 PM)
It is ironic for me, co-creator of ReviewSpotting, to say this, but writing is not a contest. Every writer is starting from a different point and is bound for a different destination. Don't be paralyzed by the thought that you are competing with everybody else who is trying to write and presumably doing it better - whether that is true or not. Such thoughts often happen in a writing class or writer's workshop such as this. Inexperienced writers are chilled to find themselves in the same space as writers who have credentials on professional gaming websites and nationally circulated publications. But don't be surprised to find the tortoises who move studiously toward mastering the craft eventually get there. I got a 59/100 for my Legend of Dragoon review, but I learned an important lesson - don't overwrite - and that lesson will continue to serve me well. When you stop making mistakes, you stop improving.
Forget the competition and go at your own pace.
Your only contest is with yourself.
User: honestgamer Title: Posted: July 06, 2006 (08:33 PM)
That's good advice, and it's important to remember that most people who got those intimidating credentials got them by the same show of determination.
User: Genj Title: Posted: July 06, 2006 (09:12 PM)
It's also important to remember that even awesome writers have their bad material. Just look at Venter's infamous Wild Arms 3 review!
User: honestgamer Title: Posted: July 06, 2006 (10:12 PM)
Also true, though obviously I like my Wild Arms 3 review a great deal more than most people or I would have by now deleted it.
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