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Bookmark This: My First Nemesis

Bookmark this hilarious essay by author Rebecca Makkai on dealing with a literary nemesis, real or imagined. Here's an excerpt:

"I believe that every writer—maybe every creative person, maybe anyone whose life is ruled by ambition, by a calling beyond rationality—has an imaginary nemesis. The person isn’t imaginary, mind you. But the rivalry is.

Here’s what I mean by nemesis: The guy in your undergraduate workshop who couldn’t tell its from it’s, and now his novel’s being turned into a movie. The woman who’s probably never heard of you but who has edged you out for five different fellowships. The debut author whose book came out the same week as yours from the same press, and wound up as the One City, One Book pick for your city. Not her city, mind you. Yours. I could go on, but I don’t think I have to. I think you know what I’m talking about. What I’m going to tell you instead is the story of my first nemesis. I was twelve."

For more on her essay, click here.