Okay, I admit it.  I’m backdating this post to Saturday.  It’s been one heck of a week and with rushing back from Ocean City, Maryland it didn’t get posted.  BUT…Julie Burstein’s TED talk is too good NOT to put up here. Julie is a radio producer, author, and public speaker.  She interviewed many artists, writers, sculptors and many other “creative types” – probing, guiding, and creating public radio programs about them and their work.  All of this culminated in her book Spark: How Creativity Works, which is pretty darn awesome.

In this talk, Burstein identifies four lessons that creative people should embrace (the list I’ll admit I gaacked from Kate Torgovnik who has a great blog post about creativite TED videos that is a definite must-read):

  1. Pay attention to the world around you, and be open to experiences that might change you.
  2. Realize that the best work often comes out of the life experiences that are most difficult.
  3. Get comfortable with the fact that pushing up against a limitation can actually help you find your voice.
  4. Don’t be afraid to explore loss — be it rejection, heartbreak or death — because making beauty out of these things is so powerful.


About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.