Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Nothing has ever spoken to me more.

Best thing I’ve ever seen, and seeing it at precisely the right time.

I’m now committed to enjoying this more. And to making good art.

12 replies to “Nothing has ever spoken to me more.”

That’s fantastic. You’re going to have to deal with impostor syndrome for a while now. Get used to it. Just make good art and make sure that you enjoy it. I don’t look forward to the day that you realize you need to stop replying to so many emails though. ;-)

Now I need to go dig up and dust off my list from 20 years ago.

Oh, I’ve been telling my wife for months that my biggest fear is waking up and realizing I’ve been getting lucky, that I can’t do this, that I have zero talent, blah, blah, blah.

Some people think this humility is an act, but it isn’t. It is raw fucking terror.

Even though I have had my job as a science writer for 12 years now, I still get bouts of impostor syndrome. But you are the real deal. You should definitely enjoy this. It’s well deserved. Just please, keep making great art!

Hi Hugh,

I’ve watched this speech four times in the past week. Aside from Neil Gaiman being brilliant, this speech is very powerful.

I’m currently reading the fourth Wool book and don’t think you need to worry so much about imposter syndrome, but do try and enjoy the ride.

Lee

He’s a wonderful speaker, don’t you think? Even with a great speech, not everyone can pull that off. Thanks for sharing this.

I think we all understand the terror, too.

And the best part is, he doesn’t even know how to **READ**! lol

I was at the Hunger Games premiere in LA in March and when I found out later that week that he was in the theater with his daughter I nearly died.

This speech was so amazing. Inspiring. I think that we should all watch it every morning while we drink our coffee, to prepare ourselves for the day.

As an aside, naturally we all think you’re wonderful, and worship now at the temple of Hugh. But your “raw fucking terror” as you call it, makes you human to us. One of us. And that makes you all the more likeable. Your success is well deserved. You own this. Celebrate. Perhaps one day you’ll don an odd looking cap and velvet gown, and stand in front of crowd, motivating them to live their dreams.

**Team Hugh**

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