What it Takes to Do What You Want

In an inspired and inspir­ing essay on “everything [she believes] about writ­ing”, author Eliza­beth Gil­bert talks about what it takes to do what you want (in her case, write).

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 became a writer the way oth­er people become monks or nuns. I made a vow to writ­ing, very young. I became Bride-of-Writ­ing. I was writing’s most devo­tion­al hand­maid­en. I built my entire life around writ­ing. I didn’t know how else to do this. I didn’t know any­one who had ever become a writer. I had no, as they say, con­nec­tions. I had no clues. I just began.

Eliza­beth Gil­bert has also presen­ted at TED, mus­ing on “the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses—[sharing] the rad­ic­al idea that, instead of the rare per­son ‘being’ a geni­us, all of us ‘have’ a geni­us”.