Inspirational message from author of Eat, Pray, Love

One of my favorite lines in the movie Blood Diamond comes when the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio tries to pick up the journalist played by Jennifer Connelly by suggesting they go back to her hotel room for a drink from the minibar. “I’m a print journalist,” she says without a blink, “I already drank it all.” (That may not be a direct quote, but it gets the point across.)

Writers have a long-standing reputation of bearing a particular susceptibility  to depression and substance abuse. In this video, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about a probable cause for that susceptibility and suggests a different way of thinking that may help struggling writers cope with the inherent pitfalls of the profession. I found her presentation to be quite thought-provoking.

Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius

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