The Writer and the Genius

For writers we constantly struggle to appreciate the talent that lies inside us.  We’re rarely happy with what we have produced and when we achieve any kind of success we consider it a stroke of luck.  An aberration.

But consider this, we are all comprised of the same raw materials that make up the sun.  The energy that flows through you is the same energy that heats stars.

To quote Symmetry Magazine

While most of the cells in your body regenerate every seven to 15 years, many of the particles that make up those cells have actually existed for millions of millennia. The hydrogen atoms in you were produced in the big bang, and the carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms were made in burning stars. The very heavy elements in you were made in exploding stars.

There is nothing ordinary about you.  You are as old as time and as special as the universe.  Just think what can happen if you focus that energy and apply some real thinking to any problem at hand.

For Writers

For writers just starting out, we have to remember that even those authors we consider most gifted and/or most successful, had the same doubts and worries.  Even the greatest throughout history have bemoaned the difficulties of the craft.  As Ernest Hemingway once said, “The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.”  That’s the thing I struggle with the most.  I have ideas, I start with passion, and then through panic and self doubt I sabotage myself by thinking it is in need of constant change.

And so I thought some of you might find this Ted Talk useful.

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat, Pray, Love” gives a funny and thought provoking talk about the impossible expectations placed on artists.  She challenges that there are not rare and elusive individuals “being” genius’, but instead, we all “have” a genius inside, just waiting to be tapped into.

Type on friends.  Type on.


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