written by Elizabeth Gilbert (2016)
Big Magic is a love letter to the beauty of leading a creative life but not only. With a disarming simplicity (that some might easily want to take for lack of depth, but don’t be fooled, expressing clearly and making accessible nebulous concepts requires a deep understanding of the matter) Gilbert leads the reader through a flow of concepts connected to the art of living creatively. Fear, trust, excuses, blocks, procrastination, self-destruction, joy, lightness, worth everything is mentioned and connected to it.
Creativity, the pursuit of creativity, nurturing creativity are at the chore of what drives me. (some might call it a life purpose.) It’s a subject that I’m always interested in hearing about, but it’s also something that I’m getting very familiar with and actively working on. (If you are not familiar with the Creative Break yet, now might be a good time.)
Being creative is the way I’ve been officially leading my life for over a decade, burnout, highs and lows included, so the 101 bullshit on the subject wouldn’t cut.
But Big Magic triggered me, made me laugh, and inspired me in so many positive places, I can say that even if you are already a creative running full speed in your career, it is worth your time. And it’s such an easy read, that the act of reading it probably won’t take long. (The act of digesting it, that, hopefully, will take much longer.)
So whether you are in a soul searching state of mind creativity-wise, or well in your shoes and just looking for a good read, this book will be a very kind read for your soul.
And if you want more about creativity, Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit is also here for you. (Much more technical and oriented toward the act of making as creatives though).
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