Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity

Today's weather for St. Peters, MO: High 90 degrees, slight chance of thunderstorms. Now that the rain has stopped, looks like it's time to cut the grass before it gets too hot.

Thanks to Joyce M. from our Tuesday evening Coffee and Critique group for introducing me to TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) "Ideas Worth Spreading" and for sending me this clip about creativity.

In the clip, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, shares with passion and humor her thoughts about genius and the source of creativity. It's a fascinating video clip that lasts about 20 minutes. No matter what (or who) you believe is the source of your gift of creativity--be it muse, fairy, daemon--or the Holy Spirit (which she does not mention, but I add)--one thing is certain, to nurture and use the gift of creativity, you must keep showing up.

While you're on TED, you can also check out what Amy Tan has to say about creativity. Watch till the end to find out what's in Amy's bag.

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