I’m not a fan of interviews, which might sound a little self-centered because I have been interviewed many times. But I have to admit that when I see an interview of an author with all the stereotypical questions, I hit delete.
I don’t know how I managed to remain on this author’s interview page long enough to read to the end of it, to the juicy part, but I did. And I immediately thought, “My readers need to know this.”
Elizabeth Gilbert is author of several books, most notably Eat, Pray, Love. The interviewer asked a few cliché questions, but luckily Ms. Gilbert answered with genius. Rather than describe the interview, I chose to pull out snippets that I label as “mantras.” If you’ve read The Shy Writer Reborn (www.chopeclark.com), you know that I am a believer in mantras to instill willpower.
“The simplest path seems to be to embrace what you are good at, which is like swimming with the current, rather than against it.”
“…to figure out what, indeed, your own life is all about requires a ferocious level of attention to the way you are tuned, and equally ferocious stewardship of the Self…”
“…once I began writing, it became clear to me: This is not a foreign language; this is my native tongue.”
“You must write the book that you feel is missing from your bookshelf.”
“My suggestion is to focus not on becoming successful, but on becoming great.”
“…don’t demand that your art supports your life. Instead, make a promise that your life will always support your art.”
“A degree in writing is not what makes you a writer. Writing every day is what makes you a writer. And writing every day is absolutely free.”
And when asked for a final word, she said, “ONWARD.” I smiled because mine is “MOVE FORWARD.” Always has been. Your mission is to live forward, not backward. Make each step new and fresh, not one that re-walks old ground.
BIO – C. Hope Clark is author of two mystery series, The Carolina Slade Mysteries and The Edisto Island Mysteries. She is also editor of FundsforWriters.com