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Focus on your own writing career

Ditching your career timetable and ignoring others’ accomplishments is hard – but absolutely essential to your sanity.

Ignoring others
Stay focused on your own career path instead of worrying about everyone else’s achievements.

I don’t put much stock in a timetable. Plenty of writers do. Head to social media after a publication unveils its “40 Best Creative Talents Under 40” or some other age-related list and behold as writers suffer emotional crises that turn your Twitter feed into a Philip Roth rough draft. A 25-year-old critically acclaimed novelist fills a worrisome lot with the urge to fill out law school applications or take up a career in cobbling. 

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