Envy in the writing world

There's a wonderful post over at Pimp My Novel about that nasty little thing called envy and how it affects relationships among writers. It's one of those things you don't really expect to happen, but it does, and it's nice to be aware of it before it rears up and whacks you in the face, whether you find yourself being envious or on the receiving end of the envy.

Inevitable Envy

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Becca/Shana said...

I know what you are talking about. I take it this is why many writers hate vampires, even though readers still love them. Because if you don't write vampire novels, it must get tiring to see all these vampire novels doing so well:

The YA's have twilight and vampire kisses. The adults have the sookie novels. and there are many beyond that.

I also see some writers that get angry when a story is published that isn't "written well" (to their standards). But sometimes I wonder what they would consider well?

Sadly, they aren't going themselves any favors. Read to enjoy. Take note of what you like. Ask yourself...what is working about this book that have made so many people fall in love with it? I think writers would be happier if they did more of that, then spent their time being upset that a story that's "not as good as their own" has been published, while there's is still sinking in the slush piles.

It's hard. But we can make the most of it :)

purplume said...

Ah envy. It has been one of my lifelong challenges. I use it to bring to my awareness the things I want and then I get to decide how much I want them.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I learned a lot in your Muse workshop last year. I will be stopping in today.

Pepper Smith said...

It's good that you've found a way to channel it to something useful. That's certainly better than letting it damage your relationships.