A new way to think about creativity

A friend from my Jane Austen seminar sent me this video and I found it so fascinating. International bestselling author, Elizabeth Gilbert, talks about the creativity behind writing.



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15 responses to “A new way to think about creativity

  1. That was amazing! That was so beautiful! And you know, I think Julia Cameron, of “The Artist’s Way” would totally applaud that. Writing is scary. Success scares me more than failure actually, because I don’t know how to live up to it. But…I’ve been given this talent. It does feel like it is the job that’s been given me on earth. And so I plug away at it ever single day. And I have to believe– I HAVE to believe, if this is the job God gave me to do, and if I do it, success must come. I have to believe that. Thanks for sharing, June.


    • I’m glad you enjoyed this video! I was thinking of you when I posted this up because she was talking about the fear of success–the very fear you have. Unlike myself! I don’t fear success, I crave it, and fear that I WON’T be successful. We’re quite the opposite now, aren’t we?


  2. That was awesome!! Haha, random Harry Potter reference too.

    I loved it, and it’s totally true, like how you wait for inspiration to write? Obviously the inspiration comes from somewhere, right? Or someone?

    And the characters talking in an author’s head? People think I’m crazy when I say that, but sometimes they really do. They insist their stories be told and in a timely fashion.

    Personally, I write out of order. I’m not a linear writer – creatively or academically. I just can’t do it. But, somehow in the end everything connects and there has to be a reason for it.

    Had you shared this with you LTWF buddies??


    • Yah, again, that interview you did of your character–it’s evidence that you’ve talked plenty of times with your characters. Don’t you just want to ring them up and have tea with them?

      Inspiration is something to wait for….you’re right. She’s right. You guys MUST be right otherwise I lose the excuse as to why I am not writing right now


      • lol, I would LOVE to!..but…

        Will would let me in, but then ignore me

        Bromfield would probably shut the door in my face or not even open it.

        And Collingsworth…I doubt he’d be home for me to call on him (you know, if we overlook the whole unmarried girl calling on a man thing)


  3. This was great, June! Thank you so much for sharing.




  4. Great speech, really interesting. : )


  5. Wow. Thank you so much for this! Very powerful. It’s comforting to see a mainstream author voice what many of us writers seem to experience now and again: a connection to something bigger than us. Really, thanks for this, I think I might be using that suggestion about talking to that “thing” and letting it know it’s not doing it’s part! 🙂


    • I just HAD to share this video with y’all. I’m so glad I did. I do believe that The Muse is something much bigger than us, as you said. So when I try to force myself to find inspirationg–I never can–because it’s not within me. It’s something that sort of passes through me out of nowhere.

      Do use those suggestions and tell us how it goes 🙂


  6. Caroline

    I saw this a while ago. I really like Elizabeth Gilbert and her book was very good. TED Talks is great!


  7. Thanks for sharing this, it was fascinating and spoke to me in so many ways.


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