How does the creative process work? How do these great authors, writers, bloggers manage to come up with such stupendous ideas and manage to encapsulate every bit of information and instil it in them till they are able to type it or write it out. Is there some sort of template on how to be a great writer?

These are the type of questions I quite frequently subconsciously ask myself and today I thought I would share it with you guys. I stumbled on a Ted talk of Elizabeth Gilbert the best-selling author of “Eat, Pray, Love”, which happens to be one of my favourite memoirs of all time. Funny enough my ex got it for me and at that time I thought it would mend the impending heartbreak that was to come out of this relationship, I thought it was rather congenial of him to care about my well being after the gut wrenching heartbreak I was yet to experience in just a few months.

I find it hard to decipher how one would believe that a novel just randomly found itself to him or rather a person believing that it’s just a novel and there is nothing much more to it. Okay so, I think that waking up in the morning and deciding to go to a bookstore and just picking up a random book isn’t just that. There has to be a higher power to it all, reading has healed me a great deal and in some instances I wasn’t aware but I would be going through something then I’d decide to read and in that particular book I’d pick up I would find all the healing and answers I’m seeking. That’s why I believe that novels are little angels that save us from our own demise and I shall continue believing so.

In the Ted talk Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the creative process and how fatal being a creative is, always has been and continues to be. We have accepted this notion that creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked and that artistry will ultimately lead to anguish. She takes us back to ancient Greece and ancient Rome where it was believed that creativity did not come from an earthling but rather a disembodied spirit which was precisely responsible for creative people producing great work and bad work of course but ultimately it was not believed that a mere human being would possess such greatness. If an artist produced great work he couldn’t take all the credit and if it wasn’t great it wasn’t entirely his fault. This was how people in the west thought about creativity, which I find astounding because there were no expectations on the artist and it lessened great pressure. The artist was liberated to think as broad as they could without feeding off any societal pressures or expectations. I personally can’t help to think this way regarding my relationship with novels, I refuse to believe that I just a mere mortal could pick the right book but rather believe that they chose me and the universe culminated to make this possible for me and for us to meet. Even if I can’t fathom how writers are great and how they are able to produce exceptional work, I think the idea of them having this magical divine entity helping them out is badass.


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