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?