Thursday, April 13, 2006

Self doubt and Kurosawa

In an interview on This is Audible, Campbell Scott mentioned recently that the masterful filmmaker Akira Kurosawa at 80 said something like, and I'm paraphrasing, "I almost have this filmmaking thing figured out."

I find comfort in remarks like that from the acknowledged great.

I struggle with self-doubt like I guess everyone who writes and who has moved past the arrogance of youth. A writer friend of mine, who I've always felt is far more talented than I am, mentioned recently that he'd been plagued by negative feelings.

I guess it's part of the creative process and perhaps valuable if it makes us endeavor to do better.

3 comments:

Annalee Blysse said...

This made me think of how some of the authors I've been reading for decades have changed and/or found new interests.

Wayne Allen Sallee said...

Hey, Sid. I recall that Kurosawa quote from awhile back. Its easy to have negative feelings or to question your writing accomplishments in the present compared to the distant past, but its harder still to think about the friends you and I have BOTH known who wrote once upon a time and got tired of fighting the current and let themselves be carried to a different shoreline.

peakoilscotland said...

It cannot have effect in reality, that is what I consider.

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