How do you measure yourself against the competition? Do you strive to write better prose than the most popular author in your genre? Or are you working towards publishing as many stories as someone you admire? You can study the competition in many ways. One of them is to dissect their stories. Can you take apart the competition’s story, and put it back together again even better?
This last one fascinates me, and I’ll tell you why soon.
Who are your story competitors? And how do you choose to compete?