This month I’d like to share something different in my writer’s guide picks. That is, inspirational talks from TED and TEDx events. In the past few days, I’ve spent hours listening to insights into writing and creativity, and I’d like to share some of these with you. You might already be familiar with some or most of them, as they are a couple of years old. They’re all 18 minutes, so listening to one won’t take up too much of your time. Let me know what you think of them! Were they useful? Do you disagree?
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
I found this talk a refreshing look into the creative process. Gilbert talks about the link between art and suffering. Is it needed? What can we do as artists to change our mindset, and what might that alternate mindset be?
Simon Van Booy: How to write your novel in under 20 minutes
“Don’t worry about understanding anything – understanding is overrated.” Van Booy talks about the process of writing, how to create your writing conditions and how to feel inspired. He also points out the relationship between writing and playing, which I found interesting and relevant. The love and respect he feels towards writing are very obvious in this talk, and I found the ideas made a lot of sense.
Jarred McGinnis: Writing is the only magic I still believe in
McGinnis speaks about the wonder and the magic of words. He uses the example of speech act theory to demonstrate how words have the power to change the world. McGinnis’ style is very academic, which I connect with, but he also trusts and believes in the magic that is writing.
Adam Falkner: How can writing change the world?
This talk is, once again, about the power of writing and about the honesty that it requires. Falkner demonstrates, through his experiences in teaching, how engaging in dialogue can help us understand and embrace difference. I found this talk inspirational and encouraging – how could we use writing to communicate our identity and share our view of the world with others?
That’s it for today. I hope you find these talks useful!