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TED-talks to get inspired and improve your writing

Ted Talks

TED talks are an amazing resource to learn new things. People tell their own personal stories, share something that they learned in their lives or they make you have a laugh. Here are 10 inspiring Ted Talks about writing and storytelling.

How to write a story – John Dufresne
In this Ted Talk Dufresne tells what story characters go through as he makes up the outline of a draft. It’s marvellous to see how one scene takes you to the other and can build up to a climax.

The history of human emotions – Tiffany Watt Smith
What can make words for emotions feel you? This is one of the questions Smith tries to answer during her Ted Talk. The descriptions of emotions she gives are really inspiring. Her Ted Talk also makes you think about what you can make readers feel and how can you use words for emotions as efficient as possible?

Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions – John Koening
Like in the previous Ted Talk, you learn words from other languages that describe emotions. Watch this funny and interesting Ted talk to learn more about words for emotion and their meaning.

Wisdom from great writers on every year of life – Joshua Prager
Prager uses quotes from writers to ponder on life. As a result, he gives an interesting speech on life. Watch this talk to learn more about life and its stages.

Why a good book is a secret door – Mac Bennet
This witty talk is about art. It is about what in what mindset it can get a person. It is about what books can mean for people. With funny anecdotes, Bennet tells you what he wants to do as a writer. It’s really useful to keep this message in mind while writing.

The danger of a single story – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
People are more than just one story. Adichie explains this message in her Ted Talk. It’s a wonderful and inspiring story about nationalities and tereotypes.

The clues to a great story – Andrew Stanton
Stanton is a filmmaker. While sharing his experience as a storyteller in films, you learn what is important in a story, you learn something about main characters, about themes and what you can use for a story. In conclusion, this is a very meaningful Ted Talk for writers.

The politics of fiction – Elif Shafak
In this Ted Talk, Elif Shafak tells you her personal story and what place stories take in society. What do writers write and why? How do we look at books? Watch her impressive Ted Talk and think about writing and stories in a way you may not have before.

The technology of storytelling – Joe Sabia
Take a journey through history and learn about storytelling with different kinds of technology. It’s a short, but quite interesting talk.

We are the stories we tell ourselves – Shekhar Kapur
Kapur talks about telling stories. He decomposes parts of movies, explaining what elements are used in movies to tell you something. He also shares what he does when he directs a film.

I hope you’ll enjoy watching these! I thought they were impressive Ted Talks from which you can learn about writing and storytelling. Let me know what you think. If you have any suggestions, put them in the comments!

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