I'm not alone), it's almost mandatory for a writer to have a presence on Twitter and Facebook, just to name a couple of areas. Not only do I post in those venues, I read the work of other writers as well. I must confess that sometimes it's difficult to offer congratulations to a writer who's just received a multi-book contract while wondering if my next one will come through. It's even tough to read about writers going on vacation in exotic places or eating fantastic, creative dishes when we're fighting the good fight here at home and wondering whether to have dinner in or go out for a burger. In other words, comparison keeps creeping in, and it would kill me if I let it.
A fellow writer (a very successful one) called my attention to this NY Times essay recently, addressing the turmoil in the mind of writers who, despite their striving, fail to get the awards and attention that come to those who are equally (but not better) talented.
One of the things friend, mentor, and author James Scott Bell taught me early on was that comparison was death to an author. Don't try to keep up with the Joneses--there are too many of them. Be happy for the success of others, but don't break your neck trying to do everything they do.
For those not-yet-published, let this serve as a caution. For readers of this blog who've had one or more books published, have you had to fight the battle of not comparing your success with others? Any tips you'd like to pass along?
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SPECIAL NOTE: In two months, my next novel, Heart Failure, will release. You can read the first couple of chapters now by clicking the link on the front page of my website. Hope you enjoy it.