They say every good writer is a better reader.
But I’m finding the more I read other people’s work, the harder it is for me to write, without feeling tempted to fill my pen with their ink. Without becoming discouraged by their incredible talent. And especially without comparing their successes to my own.
There are plenty of people that I wish I could claim to be. That I envy for the very reason that they inspired me to see the world in a new way. But maybe that’s just what everyone needs more of. To embrace feeling a little jealous when others make each picture worth seeing and each word worth reading. If you ask me, feeling slightly jealous, of someone else, just means that there is someone out there worth feeling slightly jealous about. And that sure is pretty special.