What makes for a great read? How does a single idea grow into a novel or a song? These TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.
  1. Elizabeth Gilbert on where creativity comes from: http://n.pr/1rIhCOi
    A TED superstar. Writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius.
  2. Chimamanda Adichie on the danger of a single story: http://n.pr/R62wFh
    Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
  3. Tracy Chevalier on finding a story in a painting: http://n.pr/1mZqK0z
    When writer Tracy Chevalier looks at paintings, she imagines the stories behind them: How did the painter meet his model? What would explain that look in her eye? She shares the story of Vermeer's most famous painting that inspired her best-selling novel "Girl With a Pearl Earring."
  4. Sting on overcoming writer’s block: http://n.pr/1vzU4fo
    After a nasty bout of writer's block that stretched on for nearly a decade, Sting found inspiration by channeling the stories of the shipyard workers he knew from his childhood.