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Literary self-loathing: How Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert and more keep it at bay - Salon.com


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“I think the question of self-loathing vs. self-confidence is a false choice when it comes to writing,” Gilbert says. “I don’t think those are the only two possibilities for How To Be as a writer. (Either blustery or withering, in other words. Both of which are just the opposite ends of extreme narcissism.) I think there are writers who take a quieter approach to their work — one that is just about respectfully showing up for your vocation day after day, steadily doing your best, and letting go of the results. Not going to war against anyone else, or against their talents, or against themselves.

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