Looking for a little writing inspiration? Check out the following TED talks on writing by authors and storytellers – they’re sure to get your writing juices flowing.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells a group of stories of how knowing a single story about someone led to misunderstandings about their lived experience. This inspiring and informative talk discusses the single story often shared about Africa and Africans and how that single story has affected many Americans’ responses to Adichie. If you’re looking to add some depth to your characters, this is an important viewpoint to consider!
Isabel Allende – Tales of Passion
What is truer than truth? Stories. In this talk, Isabel Allende talks about passion and stories and the themes that consistently come up in her work. A passionate heart is all she asks from her characters: “Nice people with common sense do not make interesting characters – they only make good former spouses.”
Mac Barnett – Why a Good Book is a Secret Door
No less than truth, lies, fiction, and reality are the topics of Mac Barnett’s talk, the intersection of which is art. Mac is a children’s book author and believes in surrealism and wonder as a way to hold multiple aspects of truth at once. He believes that kids can get there easily, but adults can too – check out his talk to hear all about some amazing ideas for inspiring writers and readers together.
Elif Shafak – The Politics of Fiction
Elif Shafak argues that fiction can help overcome identity politics; that everything that is surrounded by thick walls loses connection with the world and will shrivel, shrink away, and die. One way of transcending the problem of a world that only reflects our own experience is to read and write stories in order to connect to the rest of the world.
Andrew Stanton – The Clues to a Great Story
Andrew Stanton worked on Toy Story and Wall-E; he argues that storytelling and joke-telling are the same. We care about stories “by design,” and Stanton argues that a “well-told promise” invites the audience in and promises that the following story will be worth their time.