Creative Spark


Elizabeth Gilbert wrote the wonderful memoir Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. (If you haven’t read it yet, I give it a big thumbs up!)

Last winter she gave a fantastic Ted Talk and I thought I should share it here in case you haven’t seen it.

It’s a great talk on creativity, “genius”, success, fear of failure, and the cultural stereotypes of the “unstable artist” and how we might rethink that. I hope you enjoy it–she’s very engaging.

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  1. Robin Barnhill says:

    WOW what a treat. I loved her book and I love her outlook on the creative process. The process is a mystery and having a genius fairy is as good an idea as any. I especially like the fact that
    with a fairy (or whatever) I am not totally responsible nor am I alone in the process. At least my fairy (LOL) is supporting my efforts and lightens what at times seems a burden. Here on out — I think I will invite the information (Genius Fairy)in – and when not going well send the fairy away for a coffee break, upon return we may be able to communicate better. I think I can work with this.

  2. Sarah says:

    @Robin–YES! After listening, I was ready to make some deals with my creative fairy as I struggle with a few projects I’m juggling–I loved the bits about Tom Waits negotiating with his genius fairy-hello, can’t you see I’m driving here! And I agree, feeling both supported and not completely responsible is a big relief. We’re in this together!!

  3. Robin Barnhill says:

    I loved that “Can’t you see I driving here!”, My comment is more along the lines of — “I’m waiting – “

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