May 20, 2022 • 48M

Living with Writer Envy. Episode 316: We wanted to call this conquering it but we can't.

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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

Some of us, which might be all of us, have spent a decent amount of time writhing in the throes of writer envy lately. Can’t IMAGINE what we’re talking about? Never opened Facebook to see news of yet another Netflix deal, or celebrated a friend’s fantastic New York Times review while just a little bit kind of secretly asking yourself where yours was? Well, bully for you. Go listen to another podcast this week.

Meanwhile, we’re owning all the envy—and if you think being successful in any way dials that green monster button down, think again. There’s always a higher bar to reach. What does help? Age, wisdom, beauty (ok I just threw that one in) and a couple of other ideas we put out there at the end of the episode. Come hang.

Links from the pod

Colleen Hoover The Bookworm Box Sulphur Springs

Ryan Holiday Bookstore

Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus

Mary Laura Philpott Episode 312, Essays That Start Light, Then Hit Hard

Emily Henry’s Beach Read

Michael Lewis

Nora Goes Off Script, Annabel Monaghan


Jess: Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus

KJ: The Bohemians, Jasmin Darznik

Sarina: Part of Your World, Abby Jimenez

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