Big Magic

Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear

Book - 2015
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"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious." --PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls : the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you've dreamed of .

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 Magi c cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
ISBN: 9781594634710
Branch Call Number: 153.35 GILBERT
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 22 cm


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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, G... Read More »

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Jan 15, 2021

Super encouraging book for creative types to just . . . create! Would be a great one to reread whenever you're tempted to give up your art.

Aug 04, 2020

I have really enjoyed this book. I went for the audio version as Elizabeth Gilbert as a reader is equally beautiful as her work as a writer. This book gave me a refreshing and unique perspective on my creativity. To work with it, and not force it to work for me. I think this book is a great read for anyone as it explains how to lead a life of active "creative living".

JCLCharlesH May 13, 2020

Big Magic is a mix of inspired motivational writing and relatable memoir. I felt deep connections to many parts of this book, and I firmly believe that if you want to exercise your creativity, this book can help you get into a mindset that is conducive to creation.

WCL_Kiirstin Mar 20, 2020

A light fun read with some meat. Gilbert can be a bit divisive but I like her writing and her ideas generally; I found some parts of this a bit twee and a bit too cheerleader-y, but her enthusiasm and curiosity on the subject of creativity is contagious. Found her thoughts on living with fear, but bravely, to be particularly helpful when encountering creative blocks (and other blocks) based in fear.

Jan 30, 2020

GREAT listen; loved her stories. They felt welcome and very applicable as I wrestle with an 18th draft of my first MG novel. She gave me the inspiration and courage to keep going, to seize the creativity within me no matter the outcome, simply because I enjoy it. Right on! I'll recommend this to all my writing partners as a must-have when doubting oneself. Right up there with William Kenower's Fearless Writing on how to live a writer's life and do it well.

Dec 06, 2019

A quick reading book looking at various side of the creative endeavour. What I think is most useful is that Gilbert dispels both the fears and the myths about creativity with downright good advice, plain speaking and some prickly questions about why and how people subvert their creative endeavours. If you are stuck in your creative process, or fearful, or reluctant, this book suggests ways to put that behind you and forge ahead.

Sep 09, 2019


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.

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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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