Big Magic — Elizabeth Gilbert

29 Feb

bigmagicPublisher: Riverhead Books
Released: September 22nd, 2015
Genre: Non-fiction
Source: Paperback review copy from publisher

 

 

 

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

From Goodreads.

Okay, this book? It made me HAPPY. So, so happy. It was like reading a hug. The kind of hug that squeezes you tight and lets you know it is not only okay, but it’s amazing that you’re you. Really, that’s what this book was like for me.

Big Magic deals with getting over the fear of being creative. It’s about being creative to just BE CREATIVE. There are no steps laid out. No how-to sections. But everything Gilbert writes just breathed life through me.

While I was reading it, I circled my favourite passages and wrote notes in the margins. This was a HUGE thing for me, because I have not done this since I was in university. But I wanted to be able to flip through it when I was having moments of creative self doubt to feel that amazing hug again.

I love that it’s broken down in short chapters. This also encourages the coming back to and randomly reading a couple of pages. It also made it a quick, fun read. Important, yes, but also really enjoyable.

I think anyone who struggles with creativity (Do I deserve to take the time to be creative? Does my work have to be important? What if it sucks? What if people laugh? etc) should read this book. I think for a lot of us it could be a creative life saver.

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