I read Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love, The Signature of All Things, Stern Men etc) when it first came out, but I just re-read it for the third time and wanted to share it with you. The first time around I found it a little woo-woo for my tastes, but the more I thought about the underlying principles of paying attention to your intuition, acting on your ideas without fear, and the role persistence plays in creativity, the more I found that it made sense to me.
Elizabeth Gilbert also has a podcast series called Magic Lessons where she expands on themes in the book through chats with a number of wonderful guests. I definitely recommend giving that a listen.
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.