My friend Kim sent me this video a little ways back and I finally got around to watching it. I’m so pleased I did. Though, I haven’t ever read Eat, Pray, Love, I found a lot to appreciate about the author’s presentation. She talks about how people in creative fields cope (or don’t cope) with the weird emotional garbage that often tags along their professional journey. In her case, trying to follow up with another book after having a bestseller.
As someone who has yet to see the public side of a writing career at all, I started off thinking, “Well, poor Elizabeth, what a drag to have a bestseller.” But, I’m not a total douche canoe. I get it. She wants to still feel good about her craft for a few decades. It would be difficult to enjoy the process knowing your greatest work is likely behind you. (Her words)
And maybe the same kind of sentiment holds true about persevering through the writing process knowing you may never reach the kind of YA author success you so desperately hope for. How do you not let those thoughts weigh and bite and embitter you?
Elizabeth’s answer to that is a bit surprising. A bit comforting. Definitely worth listening to and pondering. If you have about twenty minutes, watch this presentation. Or, maybe copy the link and save it for later.
Thanks, Kim, for passing it along to me. “Ole, to you, nonetheless.”