Big Magic

Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear

Book - 2015
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Apr 28, 2019

Very readable book. Gilbert writes casually as though she's talking to you, and with good humour. My favourite part is where she says you should write for yourself, not to help anybody, because you can always tell when someone's trying to help somebody by the haunted look on the faces of those they're trying to help. Also key is her idea that we're adult enough to hold two contradictory ideas in our mind at the same time and believe them both. Creativity is sacred and it is not sacred. We're terrified to create art and we're brave enough to do it. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. All true.

Apr 12, 2019

Encouraging and some advice I will take.
I do have trouble with good enough is good enough.
But I do have unfinished projects.

Mar 25, 2019

This book has some interesting stories and some alternative ways of looking at the ideas of inspiration and creativity. It was an entertaining read and I came away with some different ways of considering things.

OPL_BethS Feb 07, 2019

Her ideas on reframing how you look at and think of your own creativity were captivating.

Gina_Vee Jul 07, 2018

I don't exactly know how to describe why I liked this book... It's pretty much a practical guide to becoming a happy artist, but some of the principles and advice included can be applied to other "fields" of artistry and passion. Overall, I liked the book. I lied the straightforwardness of the writer.

RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

Elizabeth Gilbert delivers another delightful and enlightening book with Big Magic. Displaying her signature use of candor and honesty, she investigates the forces that govern how creativity and inspiration work. She offers sage and thoughtful insight into her own creative process, and she shares knowledge and experiences on how to nurture, respect, and engage with inspiration’s elusive qualities and its divine powers. Her anecdotes and stories are uplifting, fascinating, and, indeed, inspiring. Gilbert is one of those rare writers who you can also revere as a precious teacher. You admire how much she cares and appreciate all she does.

May 22, 2018

I was incredibly skeptical of this book. I thought it would be all fluff and no substance. I thought it would be overly general and all in all a waste of time. I was wrong! Blissfully wrong! This book is amazing and exactly what I needed. If there is any kind of change at all you are looking to make in your life or simply the way you approach your daily living -- Elizabeth Gilbert is there for you -- not to tell you how to do it, but to give strength to the ideas you already have. High recommend. I will gift this book, I will buy a copy, I hope you all give the gift to yourself that is reading this book.

LPL_PolliK May 04, 2018

Big Magic is a great book if you’re looking for inspiration to bring more creativity in your life. Broken into four parts - Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence - this isn’t a “how to get rich as an artist” book, but it’s a “how to make peace with yourself as an artist” book. (In fact, Gilbert believes that’s it cruel to ask your creativity to support you and it’s a pretty good way to kill it.) Big Magic is a reassuring read and drew me like a conversation with a wise and comforting friend... with a little kick in the pants thrown in for good measure.

Mar 13, 2018

It´s a very simple book but great. Elizabeth Gilbert is like your encouraging friend.

Mar 05, 2018

I feel sorry for Elizabeth - clearly that "incident" with Ann Patchett who didn't answer her question about a new novel's plot to confirm a bit later that her new book's plot was magically identical to that of Liz's idea bothers her. And rightly so. I would also feel anxious if someone asked me about an article I was going to write. I would say, for example, that I was planning to write about an impact of diversity on customer service but then would add that I decided to move on to something else. Then my counterpart would say in Ann's words - are you kidding me? That's exactly my new article's title! What a magical idea exchange! I agree that some innovative ideas can be developed by different people in various locations. As a reader I, perhaps, wouldn't even think twice about that example with Ann, but because the author kept referring to it, explaining it and making sense of it throughout the book, it caught my attention and made me think about it. A few interesting tips could be found in the book but its content is a bit redundant.

ArapahoeAnna Feb 08, 2018

Gilbert's no nonsense approach to creativity and doing whatever inspires you is equal parts memoir and get going, pep talk. Read by the author with enthusiasm and authenticity.

Dec 27, 2017

This was like having a much needed pep talk with a close friend.

Aug 04, 2017

Big Magic is the type of book you keep around for inspiration, motivation, and all-round creative guidance. Liz Gilbert writes about the struggles and expectations of living a creative life, which is something Gilbert argues to be something we all live. She mainly speaks about her main creative profession: writing, but this book can be interpreted into any form of creativity such as dancing, gardening, and art! I loved the tidbits of stories that cleanly tie into her next piece of advice for the reader. There were a lot of laughs stuffed between the pages and plenty of advice – for both my life and my creative life – that I will be carrying for the rest of my life. Big Magic is probably the closest thing to a solid cure for Writer's Block. A must-read! 
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 20, 2017

This book is wonderful if you spend your days wondering how to channel your inner creativity. For those that are practical and analytical, it might be hard to grasp at first. Gilbert offers an extensive list of ideas and inspiration on how to utilize your creativity and apply it in your daily life. Through hardships, sacrifices, and successes, it's a nice relatable story for creative minds. A very refreshing read. I give it 4 stars because by the last CD, she was repetitive, but at least 2/3 of the book kept me interested in hearing what Gilbert had to say.

Jun 30, 2017

What a wonderful way look at not only creative endeavours but life itself.

May 01, 2017

I've been struggling with blocked ideas and doubts for years. This book is just what I needed. No preaching is involved (yeah!), her writing gives me a boost in my confidence. Highly recommended.

Mar 23, 2017

A must read for anyone who thrives on creativity. This book was a huge affirmation and gave me the permission I needed to live my most creative life.

Mar 13, 2017

This book changed something in me. It took the pressure off and gave me the space and forgiveness I needed to jump back into art. I now paint nearly every day which I haven't been able to do so easily in years. I would recommend it to anyone that finds themselves struggling to create!

JCLHelenH Mar 07, 2017

If you create, especially if you write, stop what you're doing right now and find a copy of Big Magic. She busts through all the excuses you've ever used to avoid putting pen to paper.

neko Feb 08, 2017

The treasure buried within you hopes you have the courage to say yes. Whatever, is your creative urge say yes. Go make something and put it out there. Take all you are on a creative journey let it make you who you will become.

Jan 29, 2017

Greatly enjoyed this read. So many stories to support the overall goal of living a creative life. Encouraging words to make it work, for yourself. And not without some awesome laughs along the way.

PMPL_AnaC Jan 07, 2017

So inspiring! I just want to go and make stuff!

Oct 24, 2016

Gilbert's Big Magic is fun and, more importantly, inspirational. This is a book I want to reread every time I feel my creativity waning.

Sep 19, 2016

Love how she empowers us to pursue the creativity without being totally illogical. It's a light reading but full of interesting anecdotes.

woohoo25 Sep 06, 2016

Absolutely LOVE this book. Creativity is a must and Elizabeth Gilbert guides the reader to find peace in loving and creating freely.

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