The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin

The wonderful Caitlin Thomson emailed me recently to let me know about an article in The New Yorker.  The article is “The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin” by Julie Phillips.  Le Guin is a wife and mother and she mentions how these roles played into her role as an author.  Here’s a link to the article.

A big thank you to Caitlin for letting me know about this great article.

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Caitlin Thomson gives advice on setting realistic goals

Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with Caitlin Thomson.  Here‘s my previous post about Caitlin.  She had such great answers to my interview questions, and one amazing/heartbreaking/eye-opening story that she shared with me.  Unfortunately for you, I’m saving that one for the book.  But, I will share with you some great words of wisdom she shared with me when I asked her how she deals with disappointment or discouragement along her creative journey.  This is what she had to say: 

When I was a younger writer I regularly made unrealistic goals in terms of my writing, mostly to do with publishing. In the last three years I have put a lot of effort into making goals for myself that are within my control. For example being traditionally published as a novelist within three years is an unrealistic goal. But submitting my novel to at least 5 agents within the next year is a realistic goal, because it is within my direct control. This has helped me from becoming discouraged as easily.

Whenever I find myself particularly discouraged I have turned to focus instead on creating something new – not editing something that exists already, not submitting, just focusing on the pure act of creation for a while. That for me is the most rewarding.

I think this is so important!  Maybe her words really hit home with me because I am seeking to publish this book.  But, I think this advice applies to anything really, not just writing.  It only makes sense to make goals that are within reach AND within your control.  It’s so common sense, yet a game-changer for me.  And hopefully for you too. 

I consider myself a goal-oriented person.  I love a good challenge.  Even better, I love a good checklist or list of tasks to accomplish.  On the flip side of that, I find myself easily discouraged.  BUT, maybe I’m setting my goals all wrong.  So thank you, Caitlin, for (inadvertently) bringing this to my attention.  Such good advice, and I think we all can benefit from it. 

Thanks again to Caitlin for a great interview!  Please check out her website http://www.caitlinthomson.com/ to learn more about her. 

 

Caitlin Thomson writes for joy

I contacted Caitlin Thomson today regarding an interview for the book.  I happened upon her article “Writing for Joy” on Literary Mama today.  (Here is my previous post about Literary Mama.)  Judging from this one piece, I think she would be a great fit for the book.  It’s really about how it all collides:  motherhood, chores, being a wife, that need to create, and work.  She describes it so eloquently as though it is this beautiful mash-up that just works out.  I was definitely left wanting to read more.

You can learn more about Caitlin on her website at www.caitlinthomson.com.