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J Is For Jealousy

For the Blogging From A to Z Challenge I’m doing you all a huge favor and filling you in on the 26 Things To Hate About Writing.** I’m hoping by the end of April, I will have convinced all of you not to indulge in the wild insanity of becoming a writer. If I can save even one person from offering themselves up in sacrifice to the mad and fickle word gods, I will have done some good in this world.

Check out each letter’s post here.

JEALOUSY

You wrote a book. Awesome. But wait, Super Bestselling Author wrote twenty books. You published your book! But Super Bestselling Author published thirty books. You sold some books! Super Bestselling Author sold one million books. Super Bestselling Author lives in a mansion, writing books, being waited on by servants, and sleeps on piles of money. While you, lowly hack, still have to go to your day job to put food on the table because the revenue from your books can only buy beef jerky (unless you’re really into beef jerky, then I guess life is good).

One of the worst things about writing is jealousy. Consider these facts:

– Someone out there writes more than you, faster, and better.
– Another writer has sold billions of books and pays all their bills with their writing money.
– There are writers whose name everybody knows, and they’re well-loved, and adored.
– Some writers have so many books published they don’t know the number anymore.

I took a look at other professions and found out something interesting. It seems there’s doctors out there struggling through residencies and other doctors who have built successful, profitable solo practices. There’s lawyers who are mostly public defenders and some who have gotten hugely successful and famous for defending celebrities and notable people. There’s chefs who have their own TV shows and those who toil away, nameless, in small restaurant kitchens. It’s almost like…the love of the craft and the desire to excel in it to your own personal satisfaction is what’s important. That makes it sound like comparing yourself to others only stifles you and takes away your joy, and implies that it’s not a race or competition.

Weird.


**Disclaimer: If you haven’t figured it out, these posts are pure satire and simply a humorous way to vent my writing frustrations. No offense is intended to anyone. Please, become or continue being a writer. It’s awesome, I swear. It’s super…duper, awesome…heh heh.

Megan Morgan View All

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.

35 thoughts on “J Is For Jealousy Leave a comment

  1. Well said. And be proud if you can afford the beef jerky! That stuff’s getting so expensive we started making our own. ~grin~ All hail the dehydrator.

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  2. I have a love/hate relationship with book stores. On good days I go in and I see all these books by established authors and I dream of my name on the spine. Then there are the dark days when I get so jealous seeing the same that I exit the store in the foulest of moods. My poor wife cannot comprehend these moods, thinking I am just in there looking for something to read.

    Then I go into the Dollar Store and see all these hard back books in racks for $2 & $3 and I think how would I feel about my book being peddled for such a bargain basement price? I know, I am a total mess. but there is just so much to all this business that those unencumbered (Like my wife, a hair stylist) cannot fathom. So glad to have a compatriot who thinks about all the things I do Megan! Great job with all of these posts!

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    • We live in such a weird time too, where brick and mortar bookstores still exist, but not like they used to, and are slowly dwindling. Now it’s about watching your rankings on Amazon, and trying to get up the charts so your book is more visible. Downloads are where it’s at and the price (and royalties) are much lower. It’s all about adjusting with technology, but that also changes what our benchmarks of success are.

      The truth is there are few household names out there as far as authors go–and I mean, authors who are known even by people who don’t read their stuff. While it would be great to become one of them, most days I try to just be happy I get to play in the same sandbox as them.

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  3. Better to keep ploughing our own path. If we look at the farmer in the next field, we might lose track of where we’re planting our seeds and then have a bad harvest… OK, not sure where I’m going with this, but this was a funny post!

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  4. Jealousy is hard work! First one has to find what exactly one has achieved (um not much), then find what Superwriter has done and how many books has s/he written, how many are best sellers, how much money s/he is making uff, too energy intensive! best get back to being a couch potato 🙂

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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  5. Well, you know? My book is doing so poorly that everybody is doing better then me. And since envying everybody would be too much of a stress and would certainly be too tiresome… I’ll just leave it 😉

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

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  6. The problem is I’m actually a far better writer than 90% of the ‘successful’ writers. Damn, I just looked in the mirror and my face is green. it must have been something I ate.

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