Elizabeth Gilbert: Some Thoughts On Writing

Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for her work “Eat, Pray, Love,” but she has been creating, reworking and fine-tuning her craft for years. One piece of advice she’s offered up to aspiring writers is:

“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 whole-heartedly agree. We writers stomp our feet and complain that other people–those non-writers, non-creators, the seat-fillers in our little plays–don’t respect the creative-process, but I challenge you to ask: Do you?

Do you ferret out those hours for yourself to approach the work as a holy-calling, something that deserves respect, nurturing, in order to develop and grow. Or do you allow other things to take precedence, delegating your writing, painting, song-writing to a point in time when your life demands less, runs smoothly, reaches perfection. If so, those stories, paintings, songs may never see the light of day–and how tragic would that be?

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