I wanted to say thank you for all the nice comments and emails received on my post: A Day in the Life of a Querier on the Guide To Literary Agents blog on Friday.
I received an interesting email from a reader. She asked how I dealt with the jealousy of hearing other writers succeed on Twitter and other blogs.
This reader also said she felt a division between agented or published writers and those of us still in the trenches. I didn't dispute that. I think you do band together based on your experiences, and there's nothing malicious about it (usually). It just...happens.
I couldn't stop thinking about her question, so I decided to blog about it.
In my query post on Chuck's blog, I made a tongue-n-cheek comment that after I received a request from an agent I was less jealous hearing others successes on Twitter.
But I don't think JEALOUS is the right word!
The right word would be FEAR.
Fear of what you ask?
* Fear of never feeling good enough
*Fear of never having an agent and/or publisher believe in you enough (and love your work enough) to take you on
*Fear of never experiencing the bliss of having your dreams coming true
Or as bloggy buddy, Tahereh put it so succinctly in one of her posts: You worry if there's enough room for you, too.
Whoever it was that said there are only two emotion in the world: LOVE and FEAR was spot on!
Every emotion can boil down to those two things, and so it's important to recognize your underlying feelings, acknowledge them, and then keep chugging along!