“We need our artists more than ever, and we need them to be stable, steadfast, honorable and brave – they are our soldiers, our hope. If you decide to write, then you must do it…”
Earlier this week I stumbled across a post on Elizabeth Gilbert’s website – ‘Thoughts on Writing‘. For those who aren’t familiar with Elizabeth, she’s the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love‘ and numerous other best sellers. I’m yet to read ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ (or even see the movie), *shock, gasp, horror!*, but have read interviews from her, some talks she’s given, and greatly admire her.
In this post she shares her own thoughts on writing and a bit of her journey.
One part that stands out is this:
“The most important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness.”
Self-forgiveness – what a beautiful virtue for a writer.
She goes on to say how we need self-forgiveness because “your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you…The point I realized was this – I never promised the universe that I would write brilliantly; I only promised the universe that I would write.” Word.
Sometimes I think we completely forget why we write and create. Perfection can often overtake the work instead of purpose. Procrastination instead of beauty. And ‘others’ inside of ‘ourself’.
“…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 the creation – to communicate something to the world? So PUT IT OUT THERE.”
Today, for myself and you, I hope whatever it is that you’re working on, you simply ‘put it out there’. Forgive yourself, value patience, aim high, don’t expect too much. Just write and get it out.
Read Elizabeth’s full post here.