Daily Archives for: January 10th, 2015

Sylvia Plath’s Struggles With Self-Doubt

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), has emerged as one of the most prominent and treasured poetic voices of the 20th century. Her short, troubled life is well documented; her confessional poetry has earned a devoted following.

Here are some passages from her writings that reveal her struggles with self-doubt. The lesson here — keep working and keep creating even when you doubt yourself. One is never the best judge of one’s own gifts. The passages below are from The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1982), plus her famous fig tree quote from The Bell Jar. Read More→


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So Big by Edna Ferber (1924): An Unexpected Success

If ever an author failed to anticipate the public’s response to one of her own books, it was Edna Ferber when she was writing So Big. Fourteen years after its remarkable success, she confessed:

“I never dreamed that So Big would be popular. I wrote it against my judgment … I wrote my book because I wanted  to write it more than anything else in the world … Not only did I not plan to write a best seller when I wrote So Big, I thought, when I had finished it, that I had written the world’s worst seller …” Read More→


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