Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I was a big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat, Pay, Love’ and you can put me into that bucket of women who can say ‘It changed my life’. I also love reading books on creativity and writing. Big Magic — Creative Living Beyond Fear seems like a match made in heaven for me and it didn’t disappoint. The stars aligned and I had many small and big magic moments reading it.
What I loved about Big Magic:
- Idea’s are living entities that visit us and unless we pursue them and give them our dedication they can leave us in the blink of the eye.
- Ideas move around people so you better catch it while you can but if you don’t, make peace with your inaction.
- You don’t have to quit your job to pursue the arts. Be curious. Have courage. Have side projects. Write in between time.
- The work should be the reward because it doesn’t matter how hard you work or how talented you are, there is no guarantee of success. Its unfair and dont try and make sense of it.
- Living beyond fear is about curiosity and how you go about your life. Open your eyes and there are stories and inspiration everywhere.
- Please don’t try and save the world with your creativity.
- There is a paradox in creativity. Creative careers (writers and the like) are important but are they as important as a teacher or nurse? Creative work is important but then again its not.
- Forget about originality (its all been done before). Aim for authenticity.
- Don’t be a martyr and be a trickster instead. The martyr is dark and twisted and wants to suffer in the un-winnable war. The trickster is Peter Pan who thinks life is an adventure and all you have to do is believe.
- Forgive yourself when you ‘fail’. We all came here beginners and will leave here beginners.
If you enjoy books on creativity. I highly recommend Elizabeth Gilberts Book Big Magic- Creative Living Beyond Fear.
Originally published at activepatience.com on June 12, 2016.