Great TED Talks

TED Talks provide a wealth of information on hundreds of subjects, from psychology to business to science and everything in between. They're an opportunity for influencers in an industry to speak about a topic, often leaving the audience feeling inspired. Writers are particularly eager for inspiration, and TED Talks can be the perfect source, offering a great mix of practical advice and raw ideas.

We've put together a list of the eight best TED Talks for writers, which you can turn to whenever you need a bit of inspiration.

1. My Year of Saying Yes to Everything | Shonda Rhimes

A self-described titan, Shonda Rhimes is responsible for four television programs, seventy hours of TV, and three or four shows in production at a time. She spends her life creating and producing stories that are heard all over the world. This is her dream job, but what happens when she feels her creative wells dry up? As writers, we know that it can be hard to climb out of a rut or break through writer's block. Follow Shonda through her year of saying "yes" and learn how she rediscovered her love for her work.

2. The Clues to a Great Story | Andrew Stanton

Andrew Stanton is a screenwriter and director responsible for box-office hits like Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, and Toy Story. In his TED Talk, he reveals his secrets to storytelling: make your audience care and make them "work for their meal," or analyze, deduce, and question the story as they go.

Warning: This video contains graphic language.

3. Your Elusive Creative Genius | Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, delivered the ultimate TED Talk for writers. In it, she reflects on the weight of her own success and how history has affected our view of creativity. More specifically, she talks about the stress it puts on writers and artists. This funny, personal talk is sure to leave you inspired.

4. The Mystery Box | J.J. Abrams

Why do we, as humans, like mystery? J.J. Abrams, creator of the television series Lost, explains where his love of mystery began and why we desire to "open the mystery box." In the process, he gives great insight into his creative process and what he considers essential to a good story.

5. Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator | Tim Urban

Ah, procrastination: a struggle almost everyone can relate to, especially writers. Tim Urban, blogger on Wait But Why, describes the mind of a master procrastinator, using humor as only he can. We all know that procrastination doesn't make sense, so why do we do it? This hilarious speech comes to an insightful ending worth waiting for.

6. The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers | Adam Grant