Please tell me I'm not the only one who has asked herself the question: If I got to do a TED Talk, what would I say?
Some of you reading this may have actually done a TED Talk. If so, good for you! Congrats. That's a big deal.
But for the rest of us, it's a good question to ask, because it clarifies what we have learned in life that's worth sharing with others.
Why we have inspiring posts
A fair number of our Writers in the Storm posts can be categorized as "writer inspiration." We like sharing words of empathy, motivation, refreshment, and encouragement. Because this writer gig ain't easy sometimes.
Not to say other jobs aren't difficult, but the intense creativity you must put forth coupled with the ongoing unpredictability of what you'll get back (contest wins, contracts, sales, reviews, etc.) can produce moments of fatigue and frustration. Having regular pick-me-ups can make all the difference.
Writers need and crave inspiration.
Meaning we're a ripe audience for TED Talks.
Bestselling author Ted Talks
We can learn quite a bit from other successful writers who share about their own journey and lessons learned. Following are just a few TED Talks recorded by bestselling authors. (Maybe scroll down to read the rest of this post, then come back up to watch the video you want? 🙂 )
You're an expert too
The authors above are big names in their genres, and beyond, so it's no surprise they got a TED Talk and actually had something to say.
But if you've been writing for any length of time, you have something to say too. You've learned something worth sharing with others.
You know more now about at least one of the following...and probably several:
- Crafting a story
- Meeting challenges
- Finding cheerleaders
- Dealing with rejection
- Celebrating success
- Creating intriguing characters
- Interacting on Social media
- Establishing a brand
- Marketing your book(s)
- Finding your niche
- Embracing your writing process
- Engaging with readers
- Setting and adjusting goals
- Surviving on three hours of sleep, a stale bagel, and a vat of coffee to meet a deadline
You're an expert at something. Even if so far, it's just all the things that don't work.
Recognize how far you've come! Share with another writer what you've learned. Maybe it's just the person across the Starbucks table from you who's also writing a book. Maybe your local writing chapter. Maybe in a well-crafted workshop you put together and present at conferences. Maybe, must maybe, in a TED Talk for all to see.
But don't just be inspired. Go inspire!
How have you been inspired by other writers and inspired others yourself? And if you were asked to do a TED Talk, what lessons learned through writing would you share?
Julie Glover writes cozy mysteries and young adult fiction. Her YA contemporary novel, SHARING HUNTER, finaled in the 2015 RWA® Golden Heart®. She is also co-author of the Muse Island supernatural suspense series, which begins with Mark of the Gods, under the pen name Jules Lynn.
When not writing, she collects boots, practices rampant sarcasm, and advocates for good grammar and the addition of the interrobang as a much-needed punctuation mark.