Wednesday, April 6, 2011
E: Envy Versus Energy
I envy fellow bloggers who have large followings and always seem to have something clever to write about and get dozens of comments each day. I wish I had half the knowledge and understanding of the murky waters of promotion using social networking as some of my fellows.
Often I've read novels with such gripping plots and memorable characters I wish I could have written or perhaps someday can write such a book. I envy them but I use it to inspire me.
Envy can goad us to greater effort but it can also drag a writer down. Instead of turning creative energies to our own work we can waste time wondering, 'why not me?' Jealousy is seldom an attractive emotion and it can slow down a writer's career if one spends time wishing instead of working to achieve the highest level of success possible. Don't let envy drain away your energy away.
What traits do you envy in other writers? Does envy inspire you or have you suffered frustration viewing others' successes?