Big Magic

Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear

Book - 2015
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"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 (3z(Bstrange jewels(3y (Bthat 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."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Riverhead Books,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781594634727
Characteristics: 276 pages ;,22 cm.

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diannehildebrand
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.

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gloriashaw
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.

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lvatnsdal
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.

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elizali
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.

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Merikes
Mar 13, 2018

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

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Margush
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.

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ArapahoeMaryA Sep 05, 2018

• To even call somebody "a creative person" is almost laughably redundant; creativity is the hallmark of our species. We have the sense for it; we have the curiosity for it; we have the opposable thumbs for it; we have the rhythm for it; we have the language and the excitement and the innate connection to divinity for it.

• If you're alive, you're a creative person ... descended from tens of thousands of years of makers. Decorators, tinkerers, storytellers, dancers, explorers, fiddlers, drummers, builders, growers, problem-solvers, and embellishers--these are our common ancestors.

• This is a world not a womb…Don’t rush through the experiences and circumstances that have the most capacity to transform you. Don’t let go of your courage the moment things stop being easy or rewarding. Because that moment? That’s the moment when interesting begins.

• Do whatever brings you to life… Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.

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