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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Envy and Creativity

Sometimes when I read something I enjoy I have to be careful of envy. In one sense envy is a sign of admiration for the great job a writer has done. The problem is that such envy can stop me from trying to create my own pieces. I can never be another writer or create what came from their personality. See more in my post Envy and Creativity.


Stephanie said...

Dare I say that I am plagued with the same jealousies you're talking about?! Very apt description of a writer's struggles. :)

Grannie Carol said...

Consider the fact that what you think of as envy might be morphed into inspiration. Say "I think I could write as well as --blank-- if I put my mind to it." I remember the first time it happened to me a few years ago. I had just finished reading Anne Tyler's "Patchwork Planet." As I closed the book, the thought immediately came to me "Maybe I could write something like that someday if I really worked hard at it." Yes I was envious of how well she could write, but at the same time I was inspired to think about giving it a try.
Grannie Carol