Fall in Love with Writing: Watch these Inspiring Videos

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    At times, we need to fall in love with writing again. The video below will inspire you.

    Did you enjoy this video by Ira Glass? I loved it!

    Writing can be frustrating, but it can also be exhilarating.

    Ira really explains so well what happens.

    You have an idea.

    And then you try writing it down.

    But you can’t quite capture what was in your mind.

    And because you can never quite capture the idea you had in the first place, you feel frustrated at times.

    The videos in this post are an antidote to frustration! Watch them and you’ll fall in love with writing all over again.


    The video below is from the movie The Hurricane.

    I found it very moving.


    In the following scene from the film Freedom Writer, there’s a wonderful passage about how every writer, no matter how humble, can “…turn on a light in a dark room.”


    Lastly, below is the amazing video by author Neil Gaiman. Enjoy!


    Which video made you fall in love with writing again?

    Let me know in the comments, okay?

    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at WritetoDone.com and for her cutting-edge book, Youthful Aging Secrets. In her “spare” time, Mary is also the brains behind GoodlifeZEN.com, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

    • Debra says:

      I enjoyed the speeches of Neil G. And J.K Rowling. His statement of throwing out bottles of writings just waiting for one to come back to me makes me wonder what will my bottle have in it for someone to find. After his speech I listened to J.K Rowling and the one thing she said I will write out and paste ( or stick) on my wall is this…. whose life will I affect today by being here? Whose life will I affect with my writing? How will what I write and say affect someone else’s life for the better and not worse.

      Our words have power, am I using that power for good and will I leave this phase in my life better after passing thru it.

      These were things I needed to be reminded of, so thank you Mary. Thank you.

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    • this is very inspirational and lovly videos i ever seen thanks tone for the efforts

    • aileen says:

      This has just inspired me to get through that stage! I have been reluctant to for a while… just staring at what I have written thinking about all the things wrong with my writing. Thank you for posting!

    • Great collection! Have you seen the movie “Ghost Writer”? I can’t say this movie is inspiring but it is totally worth to be seen.

    • Hi Mary, I have just watched the videos and they are all inspiring, but my favourite was the last one by Neil Gaiman. He really said it like it is making good art. Thanks for sharing these inspirational videos. Sometimes we need something like this to kick us in the butt to get moving. I know I do quite often. So thank you. Veronica.

    • Renayle says:

      These were wonderful! My favorite was Ira Glass. It gives me hope that it can take years to really find my groove, and it makes me feel better when there are times I get frustrated writing a blog post or content and feel stuck. I know I just need to keep going and I’ll get it. 🙂 Thank you for this post Mary!

    • Binu says:

      I loved all the videos but the Neil Gaiman speech was for the best. “Make amazing mistakes.” Well, Mr Gaiman I am on to it.
      Thank you for sharing these videos.

    • The video clips were amazing and right on. Thank you for giving a reminder that my soul was needing.

    • Ion Doaga says:

      Thanks for these great videos! The biggest take away is “Make Good Art”.

    • I really enjoyed Ira’s video. He hits the nail on the head (there’s a cliche, I guess I need to fight my way through those!)

    • Rut A. Baston says:

      Thank you so very much for offering these nuggets of gold, for we are sometimes overwhelmed by work and worry and lose track of time. I might never have found these clips without you and the emotion I would have missed would have been a devastating loss.
      The last three videos were more poetic, even more motivational, and Neil Gaiman’s speech will stay with me a while.

    • Avi says:

      Thanks Mary for sharing these videos. I really motivated with the second video, “Turn a light in the dark room” great quote. so appropriated to me who often writing at the night.

    • Wally Jones says:

      Thank you so much for this boost. Neil Gaiman was the one that motivated me the most. His whimsical advice awoke the sleeping writer within me that lately has been held down by my oppressive self-talk and dream killing inner critic.

    • Thank you for sharing these videos. Neil Gaiman was phenomenal. He hit on every challenge a writer faces. We all need to know that we are not alone in the challenges we face. I’ve never read any of his work but I’m going to have to go online and order one of his books immediately. I’m also going to rent Hurricane. Thanks again for the kick in the pants.

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    • Debi Smith says:

      I learned to write by writing,said in the last video. I am 59,have been writting songs in my head for years. I have 5 written down that i have played in church and just am seeking education in writting.I am not sure this will help but thought I would try

    • Mary, I want to say many, many thanks for sharing these video clips! I especially was inspired and motivated by the first one. The one by Ira Glass. It seems so simple but is so packed with raw, real truth about all crafting, but writing specifically.
      I love to write and have been doing so since a child.
      Now, trying to do so for a living has brought out my harsh inner critic, which is not always a bad thing.
      For who wants to publicize inferior work? Yet, this criticism can leave me paralyzed and unproductive.
      Finding the balance is a constant struggle and that is why I love and identify with the content in these clips and will watch them repeatedly.
      Thanks again, Mary!
      Yvonne Finn

    • Hi Mary. Thank you! I’ve not been making my art lately. And I need to. For many reasons. I’m so glad I clicked over today to watch these videos. Particularly the last one by Neil Gaiman!! I started in and saw that it was almost 20 minutes long and figured I’d stop about five minutes in. Then, at 4 minutes in, I paused the video to grab my notebook and a pen. And I took notes the rest of the way through the talk. 🙂 Thank you for sharing it! I needed the motivation.

    • Marni Scofidio says:

      This post – Neil Gaiman deserves a knighthood, if I believed in them!!! – came, as usual, at exactly the right time to remind me why I work so hard, have worked so hard at my writing, for over 30 years, and why I should keep going…. beautiful, thank you so much xox

    • Ernest Enobong says:

      Thank you Mary. Neil’s video does it for me. I completely empathize with the picture he paints of his journey; I feel like quitting my day job to pursue the mountain right away.

    • Cat says:

      I discovered Neil Gaiman soon after I discovered Terry Pratchett (when I was a trainee librarian I remembered read Pratchett’s first published novel, the Carpet People… but that was at least a decade before I really discovered him) but I was halfway through the video before I thought “Can this be Neil Gaiman?” and then actually read the heading. A guy with great imagination! and I badly need some of that. I’ve never published anything and I guess retirement doesn’t give me a lot of time to hone my craft, but I am just enjoying writing, so maybe that’s enough? I’ve no time to set up or promote a blog – or even do more than lurk on Facebook and read my kids posts – because I need a lot of practice. And there never seems enough time to sit and write (how did I ever hold down a job?). And – as Ira Glass so rightly says – it never sounds the way I feel it… Thanks for your website; it must take you so long to maintain, and it is so helpful to a beginner like me

    • Sonali says:

      Thank you Mary for such an inspirational share. My top pick is Neil Gaiman’s words.

    • Natalie says:

      The first video is exactly me. I am in that phrase. Also in Neil’s video he says if you have an idea of what you were put here to do, just do it. That quote is inspirational.

    • Cate says:

      Loved the videos, Mary, all very inspiring… but I can definitely watch (and have done) Neil Gaiman over and over again. What could be more inspiring than to be reminded to go and make mistakes, to leave the world more interesting for your being here, and to Make Good Art?

      Thank you. Great post.

    • Dona says:

      Thank you for sharing these videos Mary. I enjoyed them all, immensely. They are quite timely as I’m in the midst of trying to put to paper the ideas that are chasing each other around in my head.

      If I had to choose a favourite, it would be Neil Gaiman’s Commencement Speech at the 2012 University of the Arts. I am inspired, motivated, recharged and reminded to dream again. I walk away with some powerful nuggets. I will be putting it on an index card and taping it to my mirror where I can see it ever day.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • sylvia says:

      TRhganx very much for the free book-gift..

      I like really the 1. video… it did even REMIND me …”just start and do IT”…. haha..

      and also this video from Neil Gaiman , love his HUMOR… teaching with humor is in “my eyes”
      the best thing … with this kind peoples attention is always much higher as from “cold fact-based” teaching method’s ….because this kind get boring quickly for our brain…..

      Thanx again and GREETINGS to Everyone here from Ontario ..

    • hannah says:

      Thanks so much for these videos, so inspiring.

      I love the scene from Freedom Writer, but really love the speech by author, Neil Gaiman.

      Thanks again.

      I am indeed inspired.

    • Chuks-Victor Ojei says:

      The video: Neil Gaiman – Inspirational Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts 2012 is fantastic. It made me to fall in love again with writing. Thank you fr making my day. The post is really wonderful.

    • Justin says:

      The last video by Neil Gaiman was very inspiring. No matter what you do and how difficult it get’s, always, keep striving to MAKE GOOD ART!

    • TLO'Dell says:

      I recommend browsing TED talks, there is a wealth of inspiration there for writers as well…

    • zoyamahek says:

      Thanks for sharing the wonderful videos, i like the scene from Freedom Writers

    • This is a great share, I really like the hurricane scene video. Great timing, I’m just about to start writing a new post for my blog.

    • Mary, thank you for this inspiring and sobering collection of writing videos! I’ve seen some of these, especially Freedom Writers, one of my favorite movies as a writer and teacher of creative writing. But, Neil Gaiman’s speech is a great reminder to “create good art,” “set deadlines,” and stop replying to emails as a profession. ;). Thank you for continuing to publish informative & inspiring content for all us writers who are still testing our wings.

      • Ha! I just read your comment after 2 hours of replying to emails 🙂
        I love writing and I love creating courses, but replying to emails isn’t one of the joys of my life…

    • Kimberley says:

      Thank you so much for sharing these great video’s:-)

      They were all inspirational and the fine message was brilliant.

      • Yes, Kimberley, I loved them too! It’s really about being reminded of why we started writing in the first place.

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