By: Nicole Howard
My Mini Summary: When you think being a creative person is no longer worth it when you’re frustrated with what you once loved to do. Read Big Magic to help you find your way.
Title: Big Magic
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talks about being creative and a writer have always been my go to when I want to doubt my goal of becoming an author. I also saw Elizabeth Gilbert speak during Oprah’s Life You Want Tour in Washington, DC. While reading Big Magic, I felt like I could hear her voice. It was as if I was having lunch with a
#NaNoWriMo writer friend. For those who are advanced in their “creative” careers, I’m not sure if they will see anything new or inspiring. For me, I had a few ah-ha moments
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Fear is boring! What an easy way to remember to be fearless. A reminder that when you live in fear you miss out on experiences that can teach you something new. Gilbert points out why we are fearful and how to get over those feelings. Another big point was to be curious this is where the magic happens. The best part about this book is the honesty. Gilbert doesn’t make her story of being a best-selling author as something of mere magic but continuing to do what she loves daily. To sit down and write even when there isn’t exactly something to say. To pursue the small questions that may lead to the big magic moments like how she came to writing the Signature of All Things. For me this is an exchange of letters to a writing friend to say keep going, don’t quit now, if it’s what you love, love it back.
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From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.
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.