I'm back, and better for the time away.
I am starting a new blog series. Each week, I will post a TED talk which impacts my writing life, or life, in some way. Some of these, like this week's, will directly discuss writing. Some will get us thinking in other ways.
My hope is that the TED talks will inspire or stretch us in our thinking. My hope is that we will find more things to discuss. My hope is that they will spark us into some difference in our lives or in our writing.
My hope is that we will listen in a meaningful way and not just wait for our turn to talk.
Although, I would love it if you would take a turn to talk. Not everything in the talks will be things we will all agree on. Thank goodness for that! Discussion and differences breed new ideas and perspective.
Wow, I have lots of hopes, don't I?
As President Snow says, hope is the only thing stronger than fear.
And as writers, we tend to feed our fears.
Which brings me to our TED talk for today. In which Elizabeth Gilbert discusses fear, genius, and the importance of just showing up for work.
Can't see the embedded talk? View here.
So, do you believe your genius resides outside yourself? Have you ever had an experience like the poet described? Does this idea of external muse make you feel anxious? Does it make you feel relieved?
I'll get the ball rolling. I like the idea of just showing up. Of getting the work done. Whenever I do that, I see progress.
I also identified with those feelings of fear which Elizabeth describes.
The idea of muse as actual thing outside of us all made me cringe a little, but then I realized that I speak in those terms ALL THE TIME. I call it The Universe. As in, "I need to keep myself open to The Universe." "The Universe has provided the answer/opportunity/experience." It backs on my Faith and belief in miracles, and the idea that things will be provided for us when we need them.
Even in our writing.
What do you think?
OH, and I love her reference to Dobby, the house elf. :)
PS--After I decided to launch this blog series, I opened up this fortune:
See? The Universe is totally on board with the TED talks series. :)