It makes no difference to your writing and publishing journey what others are doing. Stop comparing your road to theirs. You have decades of experiences they do not, and vice versa, therefore comparison is pointless. 

Do build a peer network of those whom you admire for their character and efforts. If you like their fiction, that is fandom. If you like their work ethic, that is admiration. Writing is a long journey, and requires years of dedicated focus. Find like-minded writers whom you can share your success with, and in return celebrate their success.

If you find yourself becoming envious of their success, acknowledge it and use that to spur yourself forward. If they undermine or downplay your success, find new people.

Life is too short to live around the envious, or to be consumed by it.

Focus on competing with who you were yesterday, and step into the person you are destined to be tomorrow.


This came about as a journal to myself. This is a series of tough love lessons that helped me on my own journey as an author.

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Struggling to make your writing dream a reality?
Can’t find the fire inside to finish that book?
Worried no one will want to read your book?

It’s time you Slay Your Dragon!
This is not another craft book. Or yet another, writer, writing about writing.
Slay Your Dragon: a Motivational Guide for Writers is a series of daily meditations from Nicholi A.K. Baldron.
This book was produced using his own personal journal of tough love feedback to himself.
Follow along and see what he told himself to become an international bestseller in Fantasy and Mystery.

WARNING: This book is not intended for those with a sensitive disposition, there are several other excellent books that are less blunt. Instead, I have published this for fellow authors like myself, who need to be called out for their possible hubris and sometimes thick-headed nature.

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