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How to deal with writer envy

1. a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck

There’s no denying we all feel envy at one time or another. And in the writing game, sometimes more than we’d like.

It begins with something relatively small, and then builds, slowly.

Like when other writers seem like they have a suitcase full of story ideas and you can’t even think of one.

Or, seeing other writers who have come onto the scene later than you, scoring agents and publishing deals.

Watching other writer’s social media profiles steadily build, while your still stuck on 499 Twitter followers.

Or when you pick up a newly published book from a brand new author, read the first page and wonder to yourself how ‘this!’ was published!

Writer envy isn’t pretty. And it can manifest deep within, growing like a tumour until it turns you into a bitter, twisted, wanna-be author.

But envy is natural. We feel it because we want something so badly. It’s not that we resent the person or their success, it’s just that we wish it was us!

So, what should you do when you feel that pang of envy gurgling deep in your gut?