Posted by Peg in South Carolina
A friend sent me a link to a short piece by the writer, Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s called “Some Thoughts on Writing” and it can be found here. It arrived just before I did some weaving on my latest piece, some weaving that left me momentarily a bit disappointed. Actually, I wanted to cry. Just a little. But I’m too grown up for that. If you believe that I have a bridge I’d like to sell you…….
But this piece was so appropriate for my disappointed state because in it Elizabeth Gilbert says something I needed to hear:
“…all writers think they suck.”
It’s not just writers who think this and need to deal with it; so do weavers. Elizabeth deals with it by……..well, read her piece!
But how do I deal with these disappointments? By seeing, not something awful, but something that is a problem. And problems challenge. This is how I can forget my own ego and “get back to work”.
Some things that getting back to work might mean for me:
- Taking a break (or walk, or nap—short or long)
- A little (or a lot) of unweaving
- Cutting off and starting all over again
- Continuing to weave with an open and curious mind
- All of the above
Elizabeth Gilbert talks a bit more about getting back to work:
Always, at the end of the day, the important thing is only and always that: Get back to work. This is a path for the courageous and the faithful. You must find another reason to work, other than the desire for success or recognition. It must come from another place.
Getting back to work, in other words, is not necessarily easy. There must be a reason for letting go of disappointment and getting back to work.
And so, my readers, I have two questions for you:
1. How do you get back to work when you feel that what you are weaving “sucks”?
2. Is there anything in Elizabeth Gilbert’s piece that you find helpful?
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