Awhile back I had my blog consulted with Kirsty Hall when she recommended the one book she knew of that dealt with the issue of artistic jealousy. Anything I can do YOU can do Better by Tessa Souter.
Now I know this is something we usually don't talk about, and I'm not saying that I ever experience this... actually I have "a friend" who's got a problem with this... (sound familiar?)
Anyway. Seriously. Because although it was not the best book I've ever read I'm glad that I did. I'd like to highlight the main positive points that I took away from it.
First, it reinforced that the creative people who are achieving their goals are working their butts off. (And can I please have an "amen" on that? Because I'm a little sick of the mentality that somehow there's a magic creative wand we could simply wave instead of doing the actual work).
And secondly, the book made me laugh at loud in a few places about what needy creatures artistic people truly can be. And it's good to know we're not alone.
Thirdly, chapter 8 brought up not only jealousy that creative people might experience themselves but also how to deal with the jealousy that others might display towards us. Jealousy goes in both directions people! What an important thing to give some brain space to. I like the idea of recognizing artists who might need to do a little shadow work and be ready to handle it with love and compassion.
So leave a comment below if you'd like to win my copy, complete with a pretzel bookmark in Chapter 8. I'll have a drawing in a week and send it off to you or "your friend..." if you catch my drift!