Sunday, January 12, 2014

Are you jealous of other writers?

Let’s face it, we all have our moments of pettiness, but have you ever done something sneaky to keep someone you know from becoming more successful than you? Hopefully not, but one man’s powerful jealousy probably caused some tense moments at holiday dinners.
Daniel Bernoulli, an 18th Century Swiss mathematician, published a book titled “Hydrodynamica” in 1738. According to The History Channel, Bernoulli’s father, Johann, because so jealous after his son published his book that the father wrote his own book on hydraulics and predated it in a futile attempt to take credit for his son’s findings.
That’s pretty sneaky.

Write soon,


  1. Envy and jealousy have existed since the beginning of mankind, haven't they? It's such a coincidence that you wrote about this today, Mary! I've just begun writing a blog post about writer's envy, too and I'll probably post it in the next day or so. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Mary--I know a writer who does some pretty petty things, but I just avoid them. I figure, when the sun shines on one writer, it also warms me...

  3. I am amazed at the audacity of some writers and I am in awe of others. I am in competition only with myself, and I am happy for anyone who receives and acceptance. I think generously sharing publishing opportunities with others is good karma. Wishing you well this year with your writing.

  4. I know a lot of writers. Most of them are warm and wonderful and would do everything in their power to help you if you asked. And the best of them, even if you don't ask. Then there are the others. There's just not much we can do about them.

  5. I love to hear that other people have accomplished writing something and getting published as that means there's hope for me... those people inspire me.

  6. I think it's normal to have a twinge of jealousy (aren't all writers basically insecure?) whenever another once broadcasts success. Anne Lamott has a terrific chapter on jealousy in Bird by Bird. If she can feel jealousy, anyone can!

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