Where Science Meets Muse

Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity

Posted by Plish on February 14, 2009

(Thanks to my buddy Bob Baker for tipping me to this video!)

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia gave this talk recently at the TED conference. 

It’s a wonderful and thought provoking examination of the creative process. 

I particularly liked the story of Tom Waits, because I’ve used that myself.  It is this: When inspiration hits you at a time that is not apropos (sometimes during prayer/meditation even!), acknowledge it with a, “That’s a great idea but I can’t do anything about it now.  If it’s meant to exist in the world,  come back when I’m done.”

…And it often does… 

What do you think of her thoughts?


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