“I don’t think about the past successes or the future failures. You have to talk yourself up and ignore the sneaking suspicion you’re meant to be doing something else and go for it…And now I guess what I’m about to say is going to make me sound sad but here’s the thing about creating anything: no one will ever care about it as much as you do. Ever. Not your boyfriend or your mother or your best friend or your agent. Those people may come close and they should, they should get as close as possible for you just like you should for them. People ask but sometimes I feel like me being a writer is no different than if I had broken my leg. You run into someone you know on the street and they ask you about it. It’s not that they’re uninterested, it’s just that it’s what they know about you at that moment. If you do something that has a creative output to it, your entire person becomes a fun fact for most other people. Like for you [Erin McKenna], people want to know how the shop is doing, how it’s expanding, what you’re into and what you’re up to next but only a handful of people will want to hear all about it and only a pinky-full of those will want to be in your brain. It’s not cruel or rude, it’s just natural. But that means you are ultimately responsible for what you’re creating and you just can’t have it both ways. You can’t think of the good consequences but not the bad, of what all those people will think…. You have to shut out everything when you create something…And think hard about all the permutations and scenarios later.” – Sloane Crosley, in conversation with Erin McKenna (bold emphasis mine)
My imaginary BFFs, Sloane and Erin. I know, I need to just turn this into an Erin McKenna fan blog already.