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Book Review: Big Magic

In Big Magic the author describes ideas as entities floating around us and each of us has an opportunity to grab on to an idea. Each idea is quick though and we must hurry before the idea flees away to find someone else. Gilbert talks about how she decided to give her art life. She made a decision to treat it as a devotional path and do it.

During this time when most are sheltering in place being creative may be more challenging then ever but most of all creativity is rewarding. Whether it is writing, cooking or some other form of creative art, creating can relieve stress and worry. Reading and listening to, a good book is also a great stress relief. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is available in Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD and Audiobook, which is the format I chose. Listening to Big Magic has given me a new way to look at my ideas and not be so hard on myself.


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by
Elizabeth Gilbert

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.

The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

“A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life… I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.

Available in Kindle, Audiobook, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio CD


In her wisdom she details how an artist can be happy just doing what they love. Maybe, if the artist is lucky they will find a tribe. The artist will have those that share in their interests and give support. Together supporting and praising each other. However, for those of us who do not have such tribe, well we can do it anyway.

“Quit your complaining. It’s not the world’s fault that you wanted to be an artist. It’s not the world’s job to enjoy the films you make, and it’s certainly not the world’s obligation to pay for your dreams. Nobody wants to hear it. Steal a camera if you must, but stop whining and get back to work.” -Werner Herzog

I’m not a film maker but I can still relate to that quote. I have done my fair share of whining. Many times when an idea has come to me, I have turned to my family almost pleading for approval. There is no doubt I have looked for the ok to do whatever the idea is wanting me to do. How dare I really ask anyone else. The idea came to me after all. It is my idea and my job to work it out and to share my progress. Who cares if anyone really digs it. As long as I am happy with my end result.

My disappointment has probably shown itself too often when my ideas were not liked by anyone else. That is probably why my daughter recommended Big Magic to me.

Art is art, be it a video for youtube, a poem, a photograph or trying to get on with a book. So many times I ask myself why do it? Why write the blog post that no one will read? Why take so long to create and edit the video that only a few if any will see? Why? Why create?

After reading Big Magic, I feel that an answer of sorts has been presented to me. I do it because it makes me happy! Living creatively makes life worth living. That is enough. It truly is and especially so since listening to this audiobook. I want to live creatively. It is as simple as that.

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