There’s a point when you’re an unpublished writer and all of your writer friends aren’t on the same level you feel you’re on.
This isn’t about bragging, narcissism, or vanity.
It’s about focus!
Projects may come along which can divert your attention, take away your focus, shifting it somewhere you don’t want it to go.
These projects are distractions from your goal, they’re mental masturbation.
You might get some joy out of them but they will always take your focus away from your goals.
They’re you telling yourself, it’s okay to do this thing these other people are doing because it “might” make you better. But you have goals to focus on, you have self-imposed deadlines to meet.
When everyone around doesn’t have true, set on paper goals for their writing it doesn’t matter what they’re doing. It’s a distraction. And distractions take you away from your goals.
Don’t let anyone tell you your goals aren’t real, that they aren’t attainable. And never let anyone distract you from those goals.