The nature of the creative process

Yes, this is 20 minutes long, but it is well worth your time as a creative individual.  In this TED presentation, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, talks about how to create a distance between yourself and the anxiety about possible reactions to your work as well as why creativity sometimes comes together and sometimes not.

You may have heard an excerpt from this talk before, when the creative process of fellow writer, poet Ruth Stone.  It is well worth the time to watch the whole thing as Gilbert discusses the creative process of several well known artists.

Look at the comments and you’ll see that not everyone agrees with her.  Those of you who know me well can guess when and where I’m rolling my eyes towards the ceiling.   But she will definitely give you something to consider.

Special thanks to agent Janet Reid who originally brought the complete presentation to my attention when she posted about it on her own blog.