Monday, 21 December 2015

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic
Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Books

Big Magic. I knew going in that it would be a motivational-type book. Designed to kick your lazy, scared butt in gear to do that thing you always wanted to do. Or things. Or go back to them. Reinvest yourself or reinvent yourself.

Rah Rah books tend to put a bit of a cringe on my face and in my heart, especially if  they venture towards New-Age-y-ness.

But I did enjoy Eat, Pray, Love and was interested to see what she had to say. And, you know, I really do need that kick in the butt.

Divided into sections:

* Courage * Enchantment * Permission *
* Persistence * Trust * Divinity *

Big Magic covers all the bases. By the end you will simply have no argument left. You will just get up and get busy. Creating. 
Creativity is sacred,
and it is not sacred.
What we make matters enormously,
and it doesn't matter at all.
We toil alone, and we are
accompanied by spirits.
We are terrified, and we are brave.
Art is a crushing chore and
a wonderful privilege.
The work wants to be made, and
it wants to be made through you.
From the Back Flap:

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.

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. Gilbert began her career writing for Harper's Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; The Last American Man was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The follow-up memoir Committed became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a Best Book of 2013 by The New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker. Gilbert’s short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Story, One Story, and the Paris Review.