You are probably thinking, what does Dobby the House Elf have to do with Elizabeth Gilbert and nurturing creativity?
You’ll have to watch Elizabeth’s TED talk and see.
A writer pal sent it to me a few months ago and I only just watched it yesterday. It’s from 2009 so many of you may have seen it already. Even so, Gilbert makes such good, inspiring company that it’s worth another look-see.
The take home? She emphasizes the ancient Greek and Roman way of regarding creative genius as something external. It’s not housed inside you or me, but a visitor that, if we’re lucky, will swing by and grace us with her presence (and might resemble a homely house elf).
Which takes a lot of the pressure off. Our job is just to keep on keeping on at whatever creative project we are trying: whether making a meal or writing a poem.
A few more teasers…Gilbert gives the etymology of the Spanish “Olé” (it’s a good one that makes so much sense once you know) and paints a picture of Tom Waits cruising down Highway 1 and telling the muse to “go bother Leonard Cohen” instead. Love it.
P.S. Thanks, Yaz!