Your elusive creative genius

Elizabeth Gilbert on Your Elusive Creative Genius (Full Transcript)

I still have maybe another four decades of work left in me. Not the work, the work was still oftentimes as dark as ever. Shakespeare has inspired not only British and American actors and directors but also performers and filmmakers the world over.

Everyone knew your genius was kind of lame. When I heard that story, it started to shift a little bit the way that I worked too, and this idea already saved me once. And so, it seems to me, upon a lot of reflection, that the way that I have to work now, in order to continue writing, is that I have to create some sort of protective psychological construct, right.

And people would say, "Aren't you afraid you're never going to have any success. And I know you know what I'm talking about, because I know you've all seen, at some point in your life, a performance like this.

It is all the more important, then, to suggest that Shakespeare had a genius for timing—managing to be born in exactly the right place and at the right time to nourish his particular form of greatness. An account with Google.

And for the first time in history, you start to hear people referring to this or that artist as being a genius, rather than having a genius.

Which is great, because the Romans did not actually think that a genius was a particularly clever individual. And, in fact, can sometimes feel downright paranormal. She would catch the poem by its tail, and she would pull it backwards into her body as she was transcribing on the page.

You know, I think that allowing somebody, one mere person to believe that he or she is like, the vessel, you know, like the font and the essence and the source of all divine, creative, unknowable, eternal mystery is just a smidge too much responsibility to put on one fragile, human psyche.

Shakespeare's Genius

Are you comfortable with that. I should just put it bluntly, because we're all sort of friends here now — it's exceedingly likely that my greatest success is behind me. And, in fact, can sometimes feel downright paranormal. Can the average artist survive when the expectations continue to grow and grow.

Some skeptics claim that the son of a Stratford glover could not possibly have written such an unparalleled body of work. So stay with me, because it does circle around and back.

And she felt it coming, because it would shake the earth under her feet. You know, I think that allowing somebody, one mere person to believe that he or she is like, the vessel, you know, like the font and the essence and the source of all divine, creative, unknowable, eternal mystery is just a smidge too much responsibility to put on one fragile, human psyche.

It could be this peculiar, wondrous, bizarre collaboration, kind of conversation between Tom and the strange, external thing that was not quite Tom. He doesn't have a piece of paper, or a pencil, or a tape recorder.

England had a rich theatrical heritage, not only of the religious plays produced by civic guilds that Shakespeare might have seen in his boyhood but also of theatrical performances in the colleges at Oxford and Cambridge and entertainments by players who, as members of noble households, regularly toured the countryside.

You know, even I have had work or ideas come through me from a source that I honestly cannot identify. Written English had not yet achieved standardization in spelling, syntax, or grammatical forms. If your work bombed, not entirely your fault, you know.

At the very least, it will get you thinking about how society views those in the arts, and may give you some insight on how you can help yourself stay sane while doing what you love.

She knew that she had only one thing to do at that point, and that was to, in her words, "run like hell. But it would be worse, except for that I happen to remember that over 20 years ago, when I was a teenager, when I first started telling people that I wanted to be a writer, I was met with this same sort of fear-based reaction.

And that search has led me to ancient Greece and ancient Rome. Aren't you afraid the humiliation of rejection will kill you. And I started to think I should just dump this project. And I think the pressure of that has been killing off our artists for the last years.

In the process she created many English Protestant martyrs who were burned at the stake and a lingering atmosphere of religious divisiveness.

But the question that I kind of want to pose is — you know, why not. And we were talking about this, and you know, Tom, for most of his life, he was pretty much the embodiment of the tormented contemporary modern artist, trying to control and manage and dominate these sort of uncontrollable creative impulses that were totally internalized.

So stay with me, because it does circle around and back. She would catch the poem by its tail, and she would pull it backwards into her body as she was transcribing on the page. Elizabeth Gilbert TED Talk: Your Elusive Creative Genius April 18, If you’re a writer or an artist of any type for that matter, this is a TED talk that you’ll want to watch.

Elizabeth Gilbert, international bestselling author, shares her magical wisdom on creativity. “Eat, Pray, Love” author, Elizabeth Gilbert, muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.

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We have now placed Twitpic in an archived state. Watch video · Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

Shakespeare's Genius: “He was not of an age, but for all time!” exclaimed Ben Jonson in his poem “To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author Mr. William Shakespeare,” one of several dedicatory poems prefacing the great Folio of Comedies, Histories & Tragedies, the first collected volume of Shakespeare’s works.

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