Monday, March 16, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert on the creative process

You have written the ultimate best-seller or produced the top of the charts song or created the best ad campaign. How about an encore? More importantly, what is behind the success of any creative process?

Find out from Elizabeth Gilbert. This speech is awesome. (Courtesy: Metacool)


  1. Hey very interesting! How to protect your creative source : should you see it as a force outside of yourself - which would mean lesser vanity but also no more responsibility of having to carry this huge springwell around. Or take all credit for it yourself - which means bigger ego and bigger chances of breaking down under pressuire of having to constantly deliver the goods. In hindu mythology Ganesha is just a medium for transcribing someone else's story. While we know the names of Renaissance artists we do not know the name of even one Indian miniature painter (from around the same period), or the name of even one person who was responsible for any of the thousands of stunning sculptures of ancient India. Clearly in our country the human being was not important in art. - Joshi

  2. A very good point. It was not that human beings were not important in art in ancient India, but that art was much more important than human beings. One of the reasons Indian art (and creativity) has survived for over 4000-5000 years is because of this. Collaboration and dedicating the work of art to their chief patron which was the ruler in most cases meant a degree of humility on the part of the creative person.

    Luke Sullivan's brilliant book 'Hey whipple squeeze this' signs off with this simple thought for creative folks - "Stay humble"