"PUT IT OUT THERE"
I know it's not nice to put in all caps phrases in the web, but it's part of making a point you know. I'm really working on some important things now, work work work, but I couldn't resist to post about this:
Meet Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of recent bestseller Eat, Pray, Love. I stumbled upon her official site and she has some interesting things to say and share with people who are yearning to make a mark through writing.
Here are some quotes from her page "Some Thoughts on Writing."
"I believe that - if you are serious about a life of writing, or indeed about any creative form of expression - that you should take on this work like a holy calling. I became a writer the way other people become monks or nuns."In her words, I feel there are also traces of believing that writing as an gift. Although we know it can be developed as a skill, in some ways it works more like a vocation, something someone is born to do. Like yes, Kant's concept of genius.
"It has never been easy for me to understand why people work so hard to create something beautiful, but then refuse to share it with anyone, for fear of criticism. Wasn't that the point of creation - to communicate something to the world? So PUT IT OUT THERE ... just don't sit on your work and suffocate it."And in the same paragraph:
"Don't pre-reject yourself. That's [the editors' and agents'] job, not yours. Your job is only to write your heart out and let destiny take care of the rest."My favorite part:
"The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you. You will make vows: 'I’m going to write for an hour every day,' and then you won’t do it ... Continuing to write after that heartache of disappointment doesn’t take only discipline, but also self-forgiveness."This one's not from Gilbert herself, but from film visionary Werner Herzog as response to a seemingly hopeless indie filmmaker who wrote him a letter:
"Quit your complaining. It’s not the world’s fault that you wanted to be an artist. It’s not the world’s job to enjoy the films you make, and it’s certainly not the world’s obligation to pay for your dreams. Nobody wants to hear it. Steal a camera if you have to, but stop whining and get back to work."And the best thing to do about these things is to read the article yourself.