The Psychology of Writing, Part 1: A Sane Perspective On The Creative Process

Today Publetariat launches a new series on the psychology of writers and writing. First up is a video from the TED network featuring author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love) speaking on the emotional pitfalls of being a creative person, particularly about feeling at the mercy of your muses. In the clip, Gilbert explains how she came to a healthier, more positive attitude about the seeming capriciousness of the creative process.

This video is approximately 20 minutes in length. In it, Ms. Gilbert talks about the psychological and emotional challenges of being a writer, how to make peace with the emotional risks one takes in creating, and how altering your perspective on creativity can free you to find new joy in your work.

Watch for additional articles in this series, to be run each Wednesday.