Interview with Pat Ravasio
Literary publicist and CWC member Cristina Deptula interviews our November speaker, Patricia Ravasio. Ravasio is the author of The Girl from Spaceship Earth, a book about Buckminster Fuller. She will speak to the Berkeley CWC about pushing past your comfort zones, finding your voice, and writing with a mission.
How do you handle it when you feel very strongly inspired by a project and it seems to go nowhere or have no outlet to get published?
You are describing my life! It has been very hard to drum up interest in Buckminster Fuller, even though he has brilliant answers to some of humanity’s most pressing questions. I handle it by never ever ever giving up.
Would you suggest that writers hang on to their unfinished drafts, or to their research notes from unfinished projects?
Definitely hang on to old research notes, but unfinished drafts better to let them go. Some of my best writing has come after I tossed old drafts of chapters and started over.
How do you know when what you have to say is important enough to interrupt your regular life? How did you know that for your Buckminster Fuller book?
If you’re listening there’s usually a powerful voice inside you that holds these answers. You just know. It’s your intuition talking and if you don’t listen to it you’re making a big mistake.
Did Buckminster Fuller have any wisdom that you think would especially apply to writers?
All of Bucky’s wisdom applies to writers. Here’s one of my favorite quotes:
The future of humanity rests upon our individual integrity and whether or not each of us has the integrity to only go along with the truth.
Another quote that’s easily relatable:
When something is broken, don’t try to fix it. Instead create a new model that renders the old one obsolete.
(This applies to writing and to government!)