That feeling, "well, somebody else has already written it" is quite consuming. My new years resolution was to create my own dev blog (oh no! not another development blog) but that unshakeable feeling "it's already been said" and personal circumstances have so far blown it out of the water.
However, I have now decided that there are a million and one articles on the web about the same thing, and if I want to write about it then I'm going to do it and hope that maybe I've put a different spin on it, or explained it in a different way that it's a "eureka" moment for the reader.
I guess I'm saying you should just go for it. You're absolutely right that you probably can't develop your writing if you don't write. Likewise you certainly can't know if what you are writing is worthwhile without putting it out there, some people will like it some won't. Just don't let the ones who feel the need to tell you how much they dislike it get you down. They've probably never put themselves out there.
You know, you gave me an idea. I think, I need to just spin the purpose of why I'm writing. I often think that I want to share some important idea. But instead, I will think that I'm writing to develop my writing style and writing skills.
One of the ways I thought of to develop the writing... is to take some title but instead of reading the article give my own spin to it. We can call that technique "steal the title".
Recently, I saw a title on medium "5 habits that changed my life". That will be my next post.
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