I do indeed get jealous, but mostly I think I handle it well, like Kate talks about here. I use it to motivate myself and to learn from others and keep any of the more bitter tastes of jealousy to myself. Sour grapes aren’t good for any of us.
Your classmate’s story is praised in workshop, while yours is torn apart.
“Poorly written” romances dominate best-seller lists, while your science fiction novel languishes in Amazon’s 2,000,000 ranking spot.
The author you follow on Instagram posts their third cover reveal this year, while you struggle to finish your manuscript.
There’s a thousand ways that we writers experience jealousy of other authors. We constantly compare ourselves to our peers in writing groups, our Internet friends, or the hallowed greats like Stephen King. We long for the secret to their success. How do they write a first draft so quickly? How do they have so many Pinterest followers? Where do they find time to publish and write a daily blog?
We take other writers’ successes as inherent failures in ourselves as creatives. Newsflash: art isn’t a zero-sum game.
Let me get personal for a minute. Throughout high school and university, I longed to…
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