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Book Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Abigail Benjamin

Shonda Rhimes is sort of persona non grata in the pro-life moment. She's a Catholic mom of 3 who writes about characters getting abortions on prime time TV. I'm not a Scandal or Grey's Anatomy fan, but I still found Rhimes' advice about her writing process in Year of Yes to be phenomenal. Here's a brilliant little clip since no one else I know will ever read  this book but me.

"I was in that basement; I was dreaming of being Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. Guess what? I couldn't be Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. Because Toni Morrison already had that job and she wasn't interested in giving it up...I could dream about being Toni Morrison. Or I could do.... Years later, I had dinner with Toni Morrison. All she wanted to talk about was Grey's Anatomy."  (Year of Yes, pg. 80).

Isn't that the best story? It's great to have literary ideals, but at the end of the day, we need to be ourselves as artists. I hope that 2016 will bring us all lots of creativity and hard work!