Sooo I’ve been struggling with a weird kind of anxiety lately.
I wanted to know if it’s common among writers and, if you experience it, how you cope with it.
It happens in relation to projects I’m writing:
I’m always very passionate about my projects and I not only write them as a hobby but I also use the characters and stuff it to cope a bit, and when I see other projects, series or books with a story or style that I feel to be similar to mine, I get really, REALLY anxious and I don’t know why…
If you’ve ever felt this you know exactly what I’m talking about. It really sucks because while it bothers me I’m also very aware of the fact that it’s pretty irrational, I mean every idea is bound to have been thought about before and just because someone else made something similar doesn’t mean mine is worth less, but I can’t help but feeling this way when I come across stuff like that and I really hate it cause this not only makes me stress over my own projects (which are supposed to make me feel better) but it also prevents me from enjoying stuff that if it wasn’t for this dumb reaction of mine would actually be very pleasent to look at/watch/read.
I feel like it might be the fear of people saying I copied someone else while talking about something I’ve actually been working on really hard, or maybe it’s that I start feeling like that thing that is special to me is not supposed to be special because someone else has already done it… It’s stupid I know but I’m having trouble putting a finger on why it bothers me so much and these are some hypotesis
(Oh and I would like to point out that I feel absolutely NO resentment torwards the people that create the stuff that triggers whatever this is, when I get upset it’s always because of the stuff I do, not them, it’s not like it’s their fault lol! I know this is obvious but I just wanted to make it clear ahah )
I would really like to get over it and enjoy stuff that is similar to mine without feeling bad about it but I don’t know how??
If you have ever felt this and want to share your experience and/or have any tips, I’d be really grateful to hear them…