If you haven’t read Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, you should. Her blazing honesty is refreshing and uplifting as she takes you on a journey across the world and across the realm of what it means to be human.
Now, I’ve only written two little picture books. I’m in no way comparing myself to the brilliance of Elizabeth Gilbert. Still, I’ve heard time and time again, “Aren’t you afraid people won’t like the books?” or “Isn’t it scary to write?”
True, throwing your soul to the wind can be a bit nerve-wrecking, but I believe we were born to create. We were born to contribute. We were born to enlighten – and to be enlightened by others who were born to share their gifts with us.
Do I have some special gift — heck no! I wrote these books to make kids happy, and to help them overcome their fears in this ever-so-frightening planet. Did I worry that people wouldn’t like the books. Sure I did. I mean, I still do. But I’m finding that children actually DO like the books. And that has been so worth the risk.
Will these books ever win a Nobel prize. No indeedy.
Will they be read at bedtime while a child snuggles safely in the arms of a loved one. Yes, they will. And to me, that means everything.
I hope you’ll enjoy Elizabeth Gilbert’s take on the creative genius – and that you’ll start creating something right away! I dare you!
To view Elizabeth Gilbert’s excerpt, visit: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/453