Wednesday, December 3, 2014

ISWG POST! How Do We Stop Comparing Ourselves?


It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means time to post for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's  Support Group.  To check out Alex J Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Goup CLICK HERE!!

We had an author event at the bookstore last night for a woman from New York who’s around my age. I don’t feel comfortable dropping her name, because I’m insecure. I will say that she’s done very well for herself and is an awesome person.

Comparing our talent to others is a mortal sin writers pray against. Lusting after thy neighbor’s work distracts from our own creative projects. Like the hammer of GOD  it crushes the self-esteem into unidentifiable bits.

…but, it’s impossible not to.

Artists have to be exposed to other artists’ work in order to grow. It’s impossible not to envy another’s talent, means and/or perspective.

Dialogue from Woody Allen’s, After Midnight In Paris:

Gil: Would you read it?
Ernest Hemingway: Your novel?
Gil: Yeah, it's about 400 pages long, and I'm just looking for an opinion.
Ernest Hemingway: My opinion is I hate it.
Gil: Well you haven't even read it yet.
Ernest Hemingway: If it's bad, I'll hate it because I hate bad writing, and if it's good, I'll be envious and hate all the more. You don't want the opinion of another writer.

Tell me if you do or don’t agree.