This book has changed the way I see my creative work and life.
If you’re a creative and feeling stuck and/or unsure of where you’re going, then this might help. It really put things into perspective and I’m ready to now tackle my projects with a little bit more fearlessness than before.
Here are my highlights:
- You’re afraid somebody else already did it better.
- Well, yes, it probably has already been done. Most things have already been done—but they have not yet been done by you.
- just make whatever you need to make and toss it out there.
- If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad.
- “Done is better than good.”
- Your creative work is not your baby; if anything, you are its baby.
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.
First published September 22, 2015