Muses Need Breaks Too...

Posted by maria nazod on Saturday, November 21, 2009
In light of my recent writerly constipation, I want you to check out this amazing video. It is a talk given by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love. In this fascinating, short lecture (without giving too much of it away), she discusses the idea of creativity and how we tend to place all of our emphasis, as creative individuals on ourselves. So, doing good work means you're a genius. But the next day, what does this mean, when you cannot write? As Gilbert aptly puts it, this is enough to make any of us pour a hefty drink of gin in the morning, first thing upon waking. I've been meaning to post this link for so long. Don't know why I haven't. Maybe it's my stubborn creative energies resisting. Anyway, so Gilbert contends that rather than looking to ourselves as being a muse, a genius, a shimmering, single bead of inspiration, instead look to the muse as something of what the Ancient Greeks thought of it as: a separate entity unto ourselves. That way, if we aren't shining gold, bursts of brilliant moments filling up every room we enter, from now up until the rest of our lives? No pressure! And so. Watch this gorgeous clip and come back to me blog. I am going to come full-circle with this. 

Watch this stunning talk here:

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Maria Nazos I'm a poet, I just wrote my first book, and I believe in destiny but I sure as hell don't wait for it. Check out my blog for my random thoughts, events, and upcoming workshops.