Why Being Creative Creates Insanity

August 20, 2010

in Personal,Video

Is it cliche to post TED videos and tell people to watch them right now? Hopefully not yet.

Anyway. Watch this TED video I’ve posted. It’s Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) talking about creativity and the creative process. I know ya’ll are Eat, Pray Love‘d out, but bear with me. It’s 19 minutes long, but it goes by quickly because she’s a good speaker (obviously, it’s TED, after all). Watch, then join me below the video for a little discussion.

Okay I don’t really have much discussion on this, besides: isn’t this an interesting concept? I know my creative process is often blocked because I fear how it will be received, or I think I can’t top my most previous thing I was proud of. My creative process is the the point where I won’t begin creating because I am already thinking of the output and whether or not it is growth over my last piece of work. I do this before I have even started the creative work!

But today I stop doing this. Today I will attribute my creativity to some pink invisible gnome that sits in the corner of my bedroom. Or, perhaps, you know maybe something a little more practical, like…God. Ha.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kakie Fitzsimmons August 23, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Hi Liz – this is not just an interesting concept, it is a fascinating one. A few times I felt like she was in my head telling me the things I already know but need to hear again in a different way. I love this idea she presents of creative mystery because that is exactly what it is to me. I love that process of learning and building and creating because it never gets old. Her comments about capturing creativity from something divine is complicated yet simple yet profound. Thanks for posting this, I really enjoyed watching it and you were right, the 19 minutes flew by because her comments pulled me in. Best.


Jess September 28, 2010 at 12:57 AM

Liz.. been a long time since we stumbled pathsโ€ฆ and this video just changed everything.

Thank you.

I wish you the best of luck, it seems like things are expanding inside you and the world is expanding to meet it.

jess ๐Ÿ™‚


Liz Burr September 28, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Jess! Long time no see ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoyed the video!


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