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Elizabeth Gilbert: On creativity & suffering

While I have only read one book by Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love, it was a book which really impacted on me. I was in the midst of depression and her words about being in a similar place and her recovery struck a chord. She was funny while also being moving. So it was interesting to see her talk about the process behind her work, or as she puts it - 'the maddening capriciousness of the creative process.' She talks about the burden on the artist after a successful piece of work and the link between creativity and suffering. To create art as either a profession or pastime can be frustrating and Gilbert talks about how we can approach this process with a mindset which is distanced rather than damaging.

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