A good-enough novel violently written now is better
than a perfect novel meticulously written never.
What is creativity? ‘Relationships!’ – says Elizabeth Gilbert. And she is right! How good you are at the relationships? Lol
I think if you are looking for the courage, a push in your butt or inspiration (especially after many rejection-letters) – this book is for you.
The book consists of 6 parts:
The most important thoughts:
- We have to understand WHY we want to write, not HOW we want to write (for the JOY, peeps!)
- ‘Driving force’ in life is the curiosity. Be curious and try! Do not fear!
- Do you need a medal for your writing? Let me draw it for you! If no – just enJOY!
I loved the part of the book about the Fear…of everything!
Meet some of them:
Fear to be too young or too old to write;
Fear of never succeeding;
Fear to succeed;
Fear to become fat (my mum always says to me: if you’ll write every day – you’ll become fat from all that sitting);
Fear of being misunderstood;
Fear that someone else is writing better than you does;
Fear that there’s no market for your writing, poems or stories;
AND SO ON… the list is enormous!
Everything is fkn Fear! And what is Fear telling you? TO STOP!
Think about it! Think, how boring Fear is. Stop, Stop, STOP. Nothing more…
Face the Fear and pull out your creativity up to the Sun! This is the way to keep your fear under control -> continue to create!
“Every one who has taken a shower has had an IDEA.
It’s the person who gets out of the shower,
dries off and does something about it that makes a difference.”
I’ve found very interesting the chapter where Elizabeth is telling the story about the book she never wrote, but she worked a lot on the idea and collected the material:
1) She promised to take couple of hours each day for the research;
2) She went to the bed early and woke up early to write;
3) She said NO to many meetings and hang-outs with friends;
4) She have ordered books about Brazil;
5) She started to learn Spanish;
6) She made a register and created the world.
But then… life hits: problems, family, government, love!
She never wrote that story!
So much preparation and work for nothing!
Then later (after 3 years or so) she met another writer and they had a conversation about the book-ideas. She suddenly understood that they both had very similar (TOO similar!) idea for the book, just some small details were different… How is it even possible?
It is possible. Because the idea won’t wait for you, won’t wait when you’ll wake up and start writing. The idea will fly away to someone else, who is willing to make something awesome from it! And Now!
The Idea says to you: Don’t have enough time?
One more lesson to learn: doesn’t matter if your idea isn’t new. There’s not so much new nowadays. Just write it down. It is YOUR story! As the teacher of the literature I have to agree. You can give the same theme to 30 kids in the class and you’ll get 30 totally different stories (plus in different styles/genres).
I loved also the mention about Ruth Stone (American poet), who compared the ideas with ‘Tiger’s Tail’. She said when she heard the move of the idea, she’d run to the house to write it down immediately. You have to catch it when you see/feel it – or it will be gone! This is how it works for me as well. So it really made me smile.
How to face the rejection letters?
There’s also funny story about Elizabeth’s attitude towards rejections, because she’ve got many of them (too many!). She describes the reality of the publishing business too.
Interested? Go grab it!
At the end of the post I also have to mention Elizabeth’s mom who was very encouraging and taught her daughter: ‘GOOD ENOUGH is better than PERFECT!’
She meant -> write your fkn story down!!!
BE done, ffs!
It will never be perfect!
People are tend to write and write and write…
And nothing ever done.
And then they get tired: fear eat them up.
Remember: the writing process is EVIL. So ask yourself one more time: is it what you want? To meet evil every day for the rest of your life?
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