Last week as I travelled around the internet, courtesy of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I came upon a number of helpful and inspiring posts in answer to finding the time to write. As a result, I discovered more about myself and learnt the best ways in which to get more writing done.
One helpful post I came across was by author Donna K Weaver (thanks Donna). She had posted a speech by author Neil Gaiman that I had never heard before (yeah, I know, I’m so with it). In it, he states that despite how bad life may treat you, keep on going – ‘make good art’. I have posted a short version but if you wish to hear the entire speech, you can find it here.
It was after the discovery of this speech, that I heard the full speech by J.K. Rowling for Harvard graduates back in 2008. Although twenty minutes long, I recommend you to take the time to listen (see below). In the speech, she talks about the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination. One statement really stood out to me, which was this:-
‘Had I really succeeded in anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena where I believed I truly belonged’.
Like J.K. Rowling, the arena I truly belong to is writing; it is my art. It is through authors like her and Neil Gaiman that have come before us, can we really find our inspiration to keep going.
What inspirational speeches have you seen lately? What inspires you to keep going to ‘create good art’?
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