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Wednesday, 7 May 2008

J J Abrams and Amy Tan on Creativity

Jurgen Wolff * had an excellent blog and several websites for creative people and his daily blog is always interesting.

Through Jurgen I have come to know of the TED Lecture series where leading experts in all fields of modern life are invited to give short presentations.

It is an awesome reference on the mind processes of some of the most inspiring people in the western world today.

This morning I listened to J J Abrams talking on the Mystery Box.

J.J. Abrams traced his love of the unseen mystery -- the heart of Alias, Lost, and the upcoming Cloverfield -- back to its own magical beginnings, which may or may not include an early obsession with magic, the love of a supportive grandfather, or his own

Go here to watch on YouTube:

In another genre, Amy Tan spoke at this year's TED Conference.

'Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, journeying through her childhood and family history and into the worlds of physics and chance, looking for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It's a wild ride with a surprise ending.'

Brilliant. Fascinating to learn about the completely different mindset of another writer.
Go here to listen to it -



Janet said...

How do you manage to keep coming up with all this fascinating stuff? :)
Your blog is amazing. I always find something really interesting on it.

The screenwriting book you recommended came yesterday (Writing A great Movie by Jeff Kitchen.) I haven't been able to put it down--it's such interesting reading and so helpful for writing novels.

Ray-Anne said...

Thanks Janet - I truly like Jeff Kitchen. To some people it may seem rather analytical, but since I write romance AND mystery, which is highly plotted, I have found the techniques very helpful - especially the DILEMMA concept.

And I procrastinate. A lot. :-)