Expat Sat: Chimamanda Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story”

Welcome to Expat Sat, the culturally kooky, map nonspecific, sometimes bewildering, always fascinating intersection of expat life and writerhead. And where every Saturday, I offer tips for writing, publishing, and thriving to expat writers around the globe.


For those of us writing about cultures—our own and others—you’ve got to watch this TED Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie. Her books include the Orange Prize-winning novel Half of a Yellow Sun and the collection of short stories The Thing Around Your Neck.

Here Adichie “tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice—and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”

Such an important talk for all writers—expat writers, writers who teach writing, writers who teach writing to young writers, and all of us interested in finding our authentic voice and telling the authentic story.

Mojo Monday: Elizabeth Gilbert Talks Creativity

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge you into writerhead.


I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk about nurturing and creativity…in which she boldly and humorously challenges the notion that creativity and suffering are inevitably linked. (She’s the author, ya know, of that somewhat oft-read book Eat Pray Love.)

Watch.

And then get thee to writerhead (preferably without any suffering).

 

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Q4U: Do you believe that writing is inexorably linked to anguish and suffering?