Elizabeth Gilbert on Creative Genius

Eliz­a­beth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, talked at last week’s TED Con­fer­ence about writ­ers, their “genius,” and the expec­ta­tions that we place on it. I know that Gilbert — or at least her last book — has a lot of fans. And that’s why I’m post­ing this here. Per­son­al­ly, I’m not so much a fan. She just does­n’t do it for me. But that’s just me … and so hope­ful­ly this work for you.

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  • Eliz­a­beth Gilbert’s talk on TED was so illu­mi­nat­ing, was­n’t it?
    Thanks for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a com­ment. I appre­ci­ate it.

  • mike gibbowr says:

    Yes, show­ing up for your part of the job is where the Cre­ative Process Starts… and then DOING what it is you DO, is what pro­duces the Mona Lisa for which you will be long remem­bered. That is, after you have put in the hours, days, weeks, months and years of Mas­ter­ing your Craft. Remem­ber, Da Vin­ci was not an overnight sen­sa­tion… he was an Artist Com­mit­ted to his Craft where­in the CREATIVE PROCESS had a Skill­ful and Will­ing Par­tic­i­pant. There are no short-cuts to a Mas­ter­piece! Eliz­a­beth Gilbert got it Right when she said… “Your part is Show­ing Up.” You do that with your Skill or Craft, and the Cre­ative Ele­ment will take care of its self. The next thing to do… would be to pass this prac­ti­cal video clip along to your Cre­ative Friends. I’m sure they’ll thank you for it.

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