The Writer

EVISCERATING ENVY

Most writers, myself included, are highly competitive people. Our constantly climbing ambitions – both on and off the page – are a huge part of what drives us. Our dreams keep us going through the slog of our manuscripts’ murkiest middles, and our belief in ourselves, and in the value of our work, helps us continue putting ourselves out there despite the rejections, disappointments, bad reviews, and vulnerabilities that this writing life entails. A strong competitive streak can power a writer’s success – but it also can go hand-in-hand with distracting or destructive envy.

Even the most celebrated authors sometimes covet what another writer has.

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