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Book Bewitchery 101: Big Magic… what I’d suspected all along

December 9, 2015 Book reviewWriting  No comments

It just took Elizabeth Gilbert writing this beautiful piece of work, and hitting it over my head repeatedly, for me to—finally—get it. (And also, thanks to my wonderful friends who gifted me with this book in the first place.) 

Creating—writing, in my case—is not about the outcome (in fact, Gilbert says, it can't be). It is not about how it is received by others. It is not about what others say or do or think about your creation. It is not about money. It is not about reviews or ratings or sale rankings. It is not about who knows you. It is not about numbers. It is not about success. It is not about suffering. It is not about saving the world. It is not about anything external. 

None of those things matter. 

Because creativity is not about anyone or anything else

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Guilt & Fear & Self-Doubt

November 18, 2015 LifeWriting  2 comments

 I have been stuck in a place of guilt and fear for the better part of the last three years.

 

And it’s made it really fucking difficult to get anything of value done. (And by value, I mean writing -- my book, this blog.)

 

Guilt that said things like, “How can you even think of pursuing this dream of yours when so many of your friends and family are struggling: in jobs they despise? with debt? with money struggles? How selfish can you get?”

 

"If it weren't for your brilliant tech-rockstar husband who can financially support your full-time pursuit of a writing career, you'd never have the heart to do it. So that must mean that you're not a 'real' writer. And therefore, you don't deserve to do

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The Artistic Personality

September 10, 2013 Writing  2 comments

Most of us know that artists work and think differently from the general population. Granted, everyone thinks in his/her own way, shaped by his/her experiences and beliefs, but artists as a group tend to view the world in a different way. Namely, we have to find meaning in everything. And I mean, everything. If we don't find meaning in our day or experience something meaningful we are liable to fits of depression and despair. Whereas other people think, "I had an okay day. Everything's fine," we experience an existential crisis.

Most of the time, if our gifts are not nurtured or if we have not chosen a specific artistic pathway or even if we have, we as artists often do not understand ourselves and why we work and think the way we do. It can often be frustrating and

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