Here on this blog, we talk a lot about stuff that writers are curious about, like where to find inspiration and imagination-sparking techniques. The truth is, there are as many answers to these question as there are writers. So why not listen to what the notable ones say? In this post, let’s take a look at talks and lectures about creativity, inspiration and storytelling. Listen close if you’d like to find out a thing or two about a thing or two.
Shape of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut, the novelist famous for books like Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle graphs the shapes of different stories on a blackboard. As insightful as it is funny.
How to Write a Story by John Dufresne
John Dufresne begins this talk with the words “the story doesn’t exist before the act of writing”, and that’s only the beginning of solid advice in this talk. Get into the mind of a writer and learn what makes a story tick.
The Mystery Box by J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams is the creative mind behind Lost, Alias, and the latest Star Wars film. In this talk, he discusses his love of all things hidden and mysterious. He compares all creative endeavors with a magic box — something with an unknown inside it, waiting to be discovered.
How to Get Inspired by Steven King
If you’re wondering about Stephen King’s writing process and where ideas come from, watch this video. With the benefit of old age, he’s able to cut trough the superfluous stuff, and give it to you straight.
Creativity Is a Remix by Kirby Ferguson
Kirby Ferguson says that everything is a remix. He’s made an entire video series explaining how creative efforts come from previously existing creative efforts. Watch his TED talk in which he expands on this point and challenges the ownership of ideas as property.
The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination by J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling gave this commencement speech to the graduating class of Harvard in 2008 and spoke about the constraints of failure and freedom of success. Choice quote: “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”