Jane Eaton Hamilton

"At the bottom of the box is hope." – Ellis Avery.

Tag: failure

Caroline Leavitt, folks, on the discouragement of writing and how to overcome it

This terrific essay by Caroline Leavitt on Susan Henderson’s LitPark: The Sticky Subject of Success

“I wasn’t successful. I knew it. My friends were getting prizes and important reviews and bookstores so filled that people had to wait outside. When people asked me what I did, I said, “I’m a writer?” with a questioning lilt to my voice because I wasn’t so sure, since success seemed so scarce.

I roamed the bookstores and looked at books and I couldn’t figure out, why was this bestseller better than my book? Why did friends of mine get the things I yearned for—and get them so easily? Was I doing something wrong?” -Caroline Leavitt

Write, Erase, Do It Over: On Failure, Risk and Writing Outside Yourself

IMG_0271sketch: Jane Eaton Hamilton 2015

 

Toni Morrison interviewed on failure, risk and writing here at the American Theatre by Rebecca Gross.

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