I just read an article about writers who openly talk shit about other writers’ work out of pure jealousy. I have to admit I find that disturbing to say the least. I can understand feeling frustrated when it feels like something you want so badly seems to come easily for someone else, but it would never occur to me to do something against a fellow writer because they are more talented than me. Heck, I think everyone is more talented than me. If I was going to be that way I’d be a horrible person 100% of the time. And I’m not. Not 100% of the time at least. 😛
I was aware that this is a thing. I’ve heard and read about it before. Yet I have never been the target of said feelings (as far as I know) nor have I ever felt them for another writer. I don’t think I’m actually capable of being tolerant to this sort of behavior either.
I could never see myself putting another writer down, saying bad things about their work, just so I can feel better about my own. I don’t feel like I am any less talented if by any chance I think someone else is more. The writers I’ve met here on WP, on my RP site, on Figment, and in other places around the web have been nothing but supportive of me and my efforts.
I’d like to think that everyone in the writing community is like that as well, but for what I hear I just happen to be very lucky in the connections I’ve made.
Myself, I’m naturally supportive of other writers. I think the more of us out there the better. I’m more than willing to provide support and encouragement to fellow writers and am truly grateful to those who have in turn encouraged me on this blog and other sites. I like to think that if this really isn’t the norm in the writing community that it ought to be. On my own experience, gladly, it has been. 🙂