We Need More Creation

“We need more creation, not more destruction. We need our artists more than ever, and we need them to be stable, steadfast, honorable and brave –- they are our soldiers, our hope. If you decide to write, then you must do it, as Balzac said, ‘like a miner buried under a fallen roof.’ Become a knight, a force of diligence and faith. I don’t know how else to do it except that way. As the great poet Jack Gilbert said once to young writer, when she asked him for advice about her own poems: ‘Do you have the courage to bring forth this work? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say YES.’” —Elizabeth Gilbert, http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/writing.htm (7/14/12)

Elizabeth GILBERT ON NURTURING CREATIVITY