Friday 18th March 2017

Today I found out that Shonda Rhimes, creator of Greys Anatomy and other massive hit shows, has a memoir. I intend to download this as soon as I get home as I can’t wait for the book to arrive by post.

Shonda fascinates me for many reasons – I think it is because there are aspects of her life that I would like to have for myself. She has an amazing writers voice; in the early days I thought Greys Anatomy was a TV masterpiece (I lost interest at about season 5, but before that it was one of my favourite shows of all time); her character development is incredible and she is on TIME MAGAZINES list of 100 People Who Help Shape the World. Can you imagine being on that list?! Not just influential, but a world-shaper!

What I love about her method of changing the world, is that it is done through telling the stories of amazing characters that people can relate to. The change doesn’t come through preaching, but through creating characters that we can see a little of ourselves in. As we watch their journey, we too go on the journey and absorb the learnings. This is the kind of storyteller I hope to be in the future.

By reading the synopsis for the book I realised that Shonda is incredibly introverted. This added further evidence to a nagging thought I have been having recently. That what we consider to be our greatest vulnerability, can also be our greatest gift. It appears that introversion, whilst needing to be managed to ensure we don’t miss opportunities, can be a factor in creative genius. In Shonda’s case, the ability to write a character for a show that is layered, complex and lovable, comes from her ability to be observant and introspective.

I’m excited for some time this weekend with a writer I love, a window seat and cup of tea. Shit I’m a rockstar…

Much love, Katie xx

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.

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