Envy means: to
bear a grudge toward someone due to coveting what that person has or enjoys."
In a milder sense, it means the longing forsomethingsomeone
else has without any ill will intended toward that person.
means: apprehensive or vengeful out of fear of being replaced by someone else."
It can also mean watchful, anxiously suspicious, zealous, or expecting complete
devotion. The last is normally applied to God.
do we compare ourselves to other writers? Of course we do. Do we envy others’
success? Are we jealous at others’ accomplishments in the writing field? The
answer is probably yes, we all suffer from the green-eyed-monster to one degree
all, I knew there’s a difference between envy and jealous, so I copied and
pasted the above definition from a site titled Envy vs Jealousy. I like the envy
definition better as it applies to this blog.
I belong to
several writers’ groups and websites. I enter contests on a regular basis. I
crave honest, constructive critique. I want to learn and improve. But I must
admit there are times when I read winning entries and I think What?I write better than that! Or, my entry
If beauty is
in the eye of the beholder, winning entries are selected because of taste, or
likes and dislikes of judges. And, I’ve learned that it isn’t always the
content of a story, which could be more intriguing, entertaining, shocking,
heart-wrenching, funnier, etc, but judges score on the crafting of a story.
and knowledgeable is your writing craft? Constantly seek to improve. And cheer
on your fellow-writers. There’s a principle of “sowing and reaping” that’s
addressed in the Bible. To reap anything, we must first sow. I encourage you to
sow seeds of delight in others’ success, and I assure you, you’ll reap a
harvest eventually. But don’t pigeon-hole God on how and what you’ll reap.
Leave that to Him!
Write on, my
friends and fellow writers. Write on!