Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Elizabeth Gilbert on Ways of Viewing Creativity

A Tip o' the Hat to Jane Friedman writing advice guru and both personal blogger  ( and professional (There Are No Rules), for passing this along on her TANRules blog today.

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed, delivered a talk at TED on creativity and ways of viewing creativity.  It's a mix of almost faerie-like concepts retold, personal responsibility, of art and artists, and an acknowledgement of things greater than ourselves and our relationship to those greater things.

Some of what she says reminds me of what I previously described as Writing in The Groove.  I found her talk made a lot of sense to me.

She ends with the following:
"Do your job.  Just keep showing up for your piece of it.  If your job is to dance, do your dance.  If the devine, cock-eyed Genius assigned to your case decides to allow some kind of wonderment be glimpsed for just one moment through your efforts, then, Olé.  And, if not, do your dance anyhow.  And Olé to you nonetheless...just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up."

I invite you to watch her talk--it's worth the 19 minutes.

Do you agree? Disagree? Come down somewhere in the middle?

-- Tom