Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

The amazing author of “Eat, Pray, Love” speaks on the great site, TED. Here’s what she says:
I am a writer. Writing books is my profession but it’s more than that, of course. It is also my great lifelong love and fascination. And I don’t expect that that’s ever going to change. But, that said, something kind of peculiar has happened recently in my life and in my career, which has caused me to have to recalibrate my whole relationship with this work.And the peculiar thing is that I recently wrote this book, this memoir called “Eat, Pray, Love” which, decidedly unlike any of my previous books, went out in the world for some reason, and became this big, mega-sensation, international bestseller thing.The result of which is that everywhere I go now,people treat me like I’m doomed. Seriously — doomed, doomed! Like, they come up to me now, all worried, and they say, “Aren’t you afraid — aren’t you afraid you’re never going to be able to top that?Aren’t you afraid you’re going to keep writing for your whole life and you’re never again going to create a book that anybody in the world cares about at all, ever again?”

Watch the video here.

I love the mysticism. I totally dig her vibe.

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1 Comment

  • I watched this video a few months ago, and it’s just as inspiring as she is. I love the idea, and she makes a very good point!

    July 22, 2009

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