OVERHEARD AT A GROUP WRITE-IN:
Hatin’ Writer #1: I can’t believe she got an agent for that mess! Like we need one more vampire/shapeshifter/post-apocalyptic historical trilogy. *eyeroll*
Hatin’ Writer #2: Seriously! And who did she sleep with to get that book deal? She just started writing six months ago!
I could barely see my laptop from the amount of shade that was being thrown. It’s one thing to have questions. It’s one thing to constructively critique. But those folks were actively hating and taking much pleasure from it.
Everyone’s experienced envy on occasion. But there’s a difference between being envious and feeling like no one is entitled to any happiness, success or goodwill except you, and then expressing that verbally.
Indulging in such behavior stems from a desire to make yourself feel better by running others down. Most people don’t realize they’re doing it. Sometimes it even sounds like they’re trying to be kind: I offered to be her beta reader. She needs all the help she can get.
I don’t have time for negativity. I’m going to keep chasing my goals and clapping wildly whenever anyone else wrestles theirs to the ground. Each victory lets me know that my dreams can be reality too.