TED is amazing resource for people in all walks of life. At any time, you can access talks from people with unique perspective and insight, and draw from knowledge attained by experts in any field. In this post, we’re taking a look at TED talks that will be useful for writers. Learn about creativity, how to treat emerging storytelling mediums, and how to construct a story from these intellectuals.
The Clues to a Great Story by Andrew Stanton
Andrew Stanton, the writer behind the Toy Story series and WALL-E, starts this talk with a joke. He then dissects the structure of that joke and posits that all storytelling — joke to literary epic — is, in essence, the same, since all stories follow a number of cardinal rules. If you’re a storyteller, watch this and take notes from the master.
Where Does Creativity Hide? by Amy Tan
Amy Tan is a novelist famous her works The Kitchen God’s Wife and The Joy Luck Club. In her irreverent talk, she takes a look back at her life to explore the origins of her creativity and what inhibits it.
Adventures in Twitter Fiction by Andrew Fitzgerald
If you’re the least bit cynical about how stories are shared on the web, watch this talk. Andrew Fitzgerald draws comparisons to other forms of storytelling when they emerged, and their similarities to today’s social media — specifically, broadcast radio.
Success, Failure and the Drive to keep Creating by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) talks about being successful after years of non-success — and how similarly disorienting both of those are. This talk is a must-see for writers struggling with finding motivation in the face of rejection.
The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
Brené Brown talks about the virtue of vulnerability and how shame holds us back from making meaningful connections with people around us. This will be especially useful to writers prone to self-doubt.
How Books can Open your Mind by Lisa Bu
To round off the list, a short talk that will endear any fan of literature. In it, Lisa Bu explores her love of reading and learning after losing the chance to fulfill a childhood dream of hers. Any book lover will surely relate.