Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process – and showing us all just how easy it can be.
By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear.
Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.
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Elizabeth Gilbert’s infectious curiosity and self-searching humour made Eat, Pray, Love a smash bestseller. In Big Magic she shares her tips for living a life that’s more creative and fulfilling. You don’t have to be an aspiring artist to find purpose and inspiration in this absorbing, fascinating book. Gilbert’s amusing anecdotes and off-the-cuff style have already inspired us to express our opinions at work more freely and authoritatively and double down on activities that bring us childlike joy.
Gilbert (The Signature of All Things) offers an empathetic and inspiring guide to mustering the courage to live a creative life. That doesn't necessarily mean a career in the arts, she's quick to point out ("If you're alive, you're a creative person," she states); instead, she proposes a life fueled by curiosity rather than fear. Gilbert, more than most, can understand how a big success can make one feel as if the follow-up must not disappoint, writing that "I can't tell you how many people said to me during those years , How are you ever going to top that?' " She notes that this kind of pressure can be an instant creativity killer and encourages readers to let go of perfectionism and embrace being good enough. This mind-set, in her experience, leads to the willingness to take chances, live life to the fullest, and act on risky ideas. Gilbert divides her book into six sections, each devoted to a quality she believes necessary for living without fear: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity. In each section, Gilbert peppers sound advice with personal triumphs and failures. Nearly anyone who picks up this self-help manual should finish it feeling inspired, even if only to dream of a life without limits.
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A great read from a warm and generous writer. I loved so much about it and connected easily to what Liz was saying as it applies to all us creatives out there. Loved it!
My husband even read this book
I thought this book inspired me , he has been hurt out of work getting depressed sleeping a lot one day he was playing with my phone then I said I had just finished this book and loved it , he finished it , then it was like instantly got up and went out in the shed and started finishing projects that would usually never get finished . Thank you .. Xx
Great way to look at creativity.
I felt like this book starts off strong but then turns very autobiographical in a way, which could come off as a little preachy. This book is very directed at creative types i felt, especially visual or writing sorts. I would reccomend it to anyone who is creative to use some of thinking in this book as tools against creative slumps. There are incredibly powerful messages in it which have really changed the way i think and feel about creating art, takes the pressure out of it really and allows you to enjoy the creative process.