Am I a good writer?
We all, at some point, have asked this question and this is a good thing. You should know that being utterly convinced that one writes like a genius could indicate, on the other hand, that we’ve still got so much to learn.
By their very nature, human beings tend to compare each other. To this regard, our happiness largely depends on (or is deeply conditioned by) considering ourselves better than others. There are some comparative-objective factors, which societies use in order to classify people (according to their income, studies, athletic and/or work achievements, and ownership, etc…) and to which most of us agree to, regardless of moral considerations if this is either good or bad.
There aren’t clear parameters on how to judge our own creativity. Perhaps, booming sales are an indication but this says nothing regarding the quality of the work. Positive or negative criticism doesn’t guarantee the selling of your book. However, on a personal level, we seem to believe we have reached our goal, as we think we write better or at a same level than other notorious writers.
Yet, we are faced with a big problem: we are comparing (as my second grade teacher used to say) apples to oranges. We are comparing our interior with the exterior of others.
A philosophical question arises as we go deeper into the topic of thought and understanding: can we ever be sure of what the other person is thinking? And the answer is simple: No, you cannot.