Where Does Creativity Come From? 5 TED Talks with Great Ideas


Discussions of creativity can change your outlook and even your creative process. Check out these amazing TED talks on creativity – they might even change how you think about writing your next novel.

Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius

Do creativity and suffering need to be linked? Elizabeth Gilbert thinks not. In one of my favourite TED talks ever, Liz Gilbert talks about creativity, success, failure, suffering, gods, mysteries, and the work that she loves.

Amy Tan – Where Does Creativity Hide?

Amy Tan explores how we create something out of nothing through her own creative process. Digging through neuroscience, physics, and chance, this is a surprising and revelatory talk with a twist ending.

Adam Grant – The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

What are the most important habits of creative thinkers? Adam Grant studies “originals,” people who not only have new ideas but also take action to make them real in the world. If you want to be one of those people, this is the TED talk for you.

John Koenig – Beautiful New Words to Describe Obscure Emotions

The meaning of words is the topic of this brilliant TED talk – how we define them and how they, in turn, define us. John Koenig explores words for complex emotions that we don’t necessarily name now. Watch and see what his terms inspire!

Melissa Walker – Art Can Heal PTSD’s Invisible Wounds

Melissa Walker explores how art can help soldiers and others suffering from the psychological effects of war. Expressing oneself can help PTSD sufferers manage their daily lives and even heal. While not about writing, this inspiring talk can help you think about expression and how it can be used to heal.


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