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Creativity must not be taken for granted
The shocking death of American comedian Robin Williams last week made me think about just how much we take creative people for granted, including writers. It’s almost impossible to visualise the pain that writers go through as they struggle to perfect their craft.
I’m not talking about great authors who had problems because they abused alcohol like Raymond Chandler, Edgar Allen Poe, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway or James Joyce. There are many writers who managed to persevere through unbelievable pain.
Here are some of my favourite writers who fought such pain:
1. Margaret Mitchell: She wrote the great, American modern classic, a monumental tale of the old south swept away by the Civil War. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind remains one of the best-selling American novels of all times. The spellbinding historical and romance novel captures the demise of the south during the American Civil War.