Monday, June 20, 2011

something from nothing...

Hello All,
Welcome to my Monday post here at R8. It's a Monday where I am experiencing serious writer's block. So as I was racking my brain for something enlightening and encouraging for you my fellow writers, so I went searching for inspiration. I stumbled upon the TED website and ended up listening to the following talks given my writer's Amy Tan and Elizabeth Gilbert.

I decided to share their words of inspiration with you directly instead of giving you a watered down, uninspired, totally lacking in creativity post from moi. Trust me it's better this way...I can't wait to see what you draw from these extremely talented women, so be sure to comment.

First up author Amy Tan who wrote one of my favorite books of all time "The Joy Luck Club". She is wickedly funny and speaks such truth about creativity and the creative process. So much wisdom...

Then we have Elizabeth Gilbert of "Eat, Pray Love" fame on nurturing creativity:


  1. Can't watch the vids while I'm at work (have to go home and hook up to the wifi) but I'll take any inspiration I can get so thanks for pointing them my way!

  2. I love the TED lectures! So much talent, such wonderful creativity for us to bask in. Thanks, Mary, for sharing these two powerhouses!

  3. Ladies I knew I had hit the jackpot when I stumbled upon the website in the midst of my creative desert. I listened and learned. I am so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

  4. Mary ~ Awesome! I just listened to both. Yes, I should have been doing something else and I must say I adore Elizabeth Gilbert. I cried through much of her book, Eat Pray Love, it moved me tremendously. And hearing her speak, I find her just as motivating and inspiring through the spoken word as well. Olé. Do your part. Show up. Love it. Thanks for sharing. A definite bright spot in my evening.

  5. Thanks, Mary! This is so cool. Great advice from the experts. Thanks for showing us these great videos.