“How great art thou?” is a question that does not help a writer. Of course, you
will always have doubts of your talent. Those doubts really do not help and all they do is split your concentration.
You are asking the wrong question. The right question is to be, “Am I getting better?”
Not am I matching up to someone else work, which is implied in the question, “How great art thou?”
Only one person can answer the question, “Am I getting better.” That is yourself.
All you can do is improve as a writer. And the benchmark is your own work.
As far as
publishing your work, that decision whether your work is accepted for publication is not yours. Yes, you have to put
it out there but you can not become overly concerned with that.
It prevents you from writing
as well as you can if that is in back of your mind when you are writing and editing your work whether it will be published.
Your job is to get it as good as you can. That is it.
I believe everyone has talent but
somehow you have to get beyond anyone’s expectations including your own and write as honestly as you can with the
least amount of affectation and be whoever you are.
You are who you are. And when you
can demonstrate that people will want to read what you have written.