“I happened to remember that over 20 yrs ago, when I first started telling people as a teenager that I wanted to be a writer, I was met with this same kind of fear-based reaction and people would say ‘aren’t you afraid you’re never going to have any success? aren’t you afraid the humiliation of rejection will kill you? aren’t you afraid that you are going to work your whole life at this craft and nothing is going to come of it and you are going to die on a scrap heap of broken dreams with your mouth filled with the bitter ash of failure?’..and the answer, the short answer to all these questions is ‘yes’”
I promise the presentation is more uplifting than the above blurb I chose.
Gilbert comes across as a bit self-indulgent at times, but I get ‘it’. Her talk is an interesting 19 minute watch re: having a ‘genius’ as opposed to being a genius, our successes and the creative process.
If I find I DO have a ‘genius’ living in the walls of my apartment I hope it starts paying rent soon.