Keep Showing Up

A good friend of mine spoke with me this evening and suggested that I watch the video I’ve posted below. This woman’s speech certainly hit the spot for me. I found it interesting how different every writer’s Muse is, and even more interesting that some of you don’t even have a Muse!

Honestly, I don’t understand how you can create anything without one. How do you internalize all of that creativity and stay sane? In the video clip below, Elizabeth Gilbert expresses these thoughts and gives her solution to the “problem” of placing all the responsibility of creative genius on yourself. She sees it as a dangerous problem. Do you?

The video is 19 minutes long and well worth every minute of your time, in my opinion.

Posted by Michelle D. Argyle

19 comments

I agree: wow, says it all

Curse my bad internet connection!!

Dave:Thanks for stopping by. So, do YOU have a Muse? Just curious. :)Beth:Would you like a link to another site for the video? Or will it just not play any videos for you on your internet connection? I’m sorry you can’t watch it! It’s worth watching, that’s for sure.

This was quite simply the most inspiring speech I’ve heard. I agree 100% with her perception of the Muse as Divine Inspiration (must be my classical studies!)I’ve explored this very issue on my blog in a four part series called “What is Creativity?” (in the November/December 2008 archives in right sidebar)Thanks for posting this Lady Glamis, I would never have come across it myself and I can’t tell you how much I needed to hear what she said right now!!! 🙂

I’ll go watch before I comment. :o)

That is such an amazing talk! I’m now a huge fan of elizabeth gilbert. I love the way she put this. and I see now the beauty of having a muse at your shoulder. I like the idea of having a genius in the wall to help me out. I think her theories as to why creative people have issues with sanity are spot on. Maybe it just is too much pressure for any one person to succeed or fail.

Wow- great post! Definitely worth watching!

I’ll have to watch this tomorrow when I have time! And based on the comments, I definitely will!

Thanks, I really needed this today. It’s been one of those “I’m insane and this is all crap” kind of days. Seems to happen whenever I start a new project. I guess I’ll just keep showing up:)

I am so glad you have shown this to us. I also love Elizabeth Gilbert. She is so down-to-earth, and has a beautiful, soothing voice. What clicked for me in her speech was the “discipline,” aspect of writing. The, “keep writing, it’s your job,” aspect of it. I also love what she said about her Father being an engineer and no one ever asks you about your fear of failure, in other professions than the creative ones. So true! Thanks for this great post.

Justus M. Bowman

I watched/listened to most of it. Rather interesting.

oh… I’m at work and my internet isn’t working at home. I can’t wait until it’s back up, so I can watch this video clip, look very interesting.

You’re making the assumption that writers are sane. ;)Thanks for the clip. Shall have to watch when tots are sleeping. I think picturing something like a muse helps funnel that creativity. It also gives us something to curse at when it’s not cooperating. 0:)

Ann:I am so glad you enjoyed it and that you found it helpful! I will have to go check out your posts for sure! I really needed to hear her message, too. Liana:Can’t wait to see what you say about it!Lois:I believe it is a lot of pressure to put on yourself. Creative Genius. Wow. Yeah, I’d rather hand over a bit to somebody else. Even if they are fictional. In my head, though, my Muse is more divine and real than any character I’ve ever created. Hope that makes sense.Kat:Glad you liked!PJ:I look forward to your response!Natalie:What project are you starting now? I am glad this talk could help. I know I’ll listen to it every now and then when I get down. Sonia:I agree that she has a nice voice. I loved listening to her talk! Yes, keep writing, it’s your job! So, so true. :)Justus:I was afraid you’d hate this video, since I read your post on not having a muse. I’m wondering how you feel about muses after hearing this speech?Crimey:I can’t wait to hear what you think! I know you’ll like this when you get the chance to watch it. Dani:Sane? I assumed that, I guess. I think all we creative people go through cycles of insanity. :)Hope you get a chance to watch this!

Okay, that was brilliant. I didn’t plan on listening to the whole thing, but once it started, I couldn’t stop. Seriously, seriously, that is what I needed to hear today.Thanks for posting it, Glam.

Renee:You are very welcome. It was just what I needed to hear, too. I am so glad my friend showed it to me! I wish more of my readers here on the blog took the time to watch it. 20 minutes seems to scare people off, I think. 🙂

Miss Gilbert is an amazing, courageous, passionate lady.The process she talks about is often described as “compartmentalization” in martial arts and therapy.Whether you believe it divine, spiritual, or a simple interaction of the conscious/subconscious, it’s a powerful tool to understand that you can distance yourself from events and interactions of your life.

Wulf:Thank you for the great comment! I agree wholeheartedly.

Watched it twice. As a creative writer, I am grateful that I can most of the time recognize when the inspiration is my alter-ego and when it is divine guidance. And, oh!, am I grateful for that guidance that keeps me from disastrous depression.Also, thank you for the reminder to show up and do my part. That is the part most often forgot.

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