Writing Through Life: Genius

24 Mar

Many people (writers and non-writers alike) believe writers are born not made, that only those with innate and uncommon talent — the geniuses —  have the right to become writers. Sadly, this has kept many would-be writers from putting pen to page or fingers to keyboard. I can’t count the number of students who tell me they’re not creative enough or smart enough to write their stories and thoughts. (Often, these are students that our educational system has failed –those who have learned that their voices don’t matter.) It kills me to hear students say this — so, to encourage new writers, I often recommend this video, a TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert. In it, Gilbert unpacks the strange idea of creative genius that many of us have come to believe — and proposes what I think might be a better alternative.

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