Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Non Fiction, Self Help, Writing
Published by Bloomsbury (2016)
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.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Elizabeth Gilbert is able to bring creativity to life and show that everyone is capable of being creative, even if you think isn’t the case. The simple language and encouraging optimism will make you want to discover the artist in yourself.
As an aspiring writer this is the book I needed.
Many times I found crossroads and hurdles. Big ones. I know that a craft has growing pains and I cannot tell you how the author was able to pin point all of them in this book. As I was reading passages from the novel, I just felt a warmth inside that was hard to explain. This book spoke to me on a personal level and I wish I had found it sooner. So I want to thank my best friend for lending this to me. It was my favorite read of the year.
Besides this personal ramble, I believe this is a very accessible book. The author is able to convey her messages in short passages, always pairing the advice with a story that helps you to visualize how it can apply to real life. Another aspect to praise is that the book it’s still grounded in reality. It shows the hardships of the creative process and it shows that it’s though and you can only do it if you truly love it.
And why do I believe this is book is for everybody?
Because we all struggle with ideas. Not just artists. Professionals in creative fields, workers that have to pitch to their bosses, an individual afraid to try something new… So if you ever found yourself in a position similar to those, this is the book for you. Creativity, as the author puts it, is everywhere and it’s waiting for you to work with it. So, be brave and try! Failure is just one of the possible outcomes.
If anything, the book will lift your spirit. Be sure to give it a read.