Big Magic: Creative Living Without Fear

May 16, 2017

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Summary

Are you in-need of courage so that you can live your creative life? This book will give you the courage you need to pursue your creative interests by showing you how to deal with your fears, notice ideas and act on them and take the stress out of creation.

Overview

Elizabeth defines creativity as “the relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration.” She explains how individuals can live that relationship on a daily basis. Gilbert suggests that the ideas on which all creative acts are based do not come from a person: they are “disembodied, energetic life-form[s]” that seek human hosts who can make them real. This is part of what the author believes makes creativity itself a “force of enchantment—not entirely human in its origins.” This is why ideas can move from one person to another if they’re not nurtured accordingly. She suggests that once you accept an idea, then you are in a contract with that idea. The idea is not your master, but its an agreement. To actually manifest ideas it requires persistence and courage.

The book is divided into 6 sections: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust and divinity. I would really recommend this book to anyone who wants to spark creativity and to learn how to deal with creativity.

Lessons

  • You don’t need to be perfect.
  • Stop complaining.
  • Acknowledge your failures and learn from them.
  • Give yourself permission to create.
  • Keep your day job to fuel your creative affair.

Pros

I really enjoyed the writing style of the book, which is simple to understand and follow. The biggest appeal for me was the examples provided for each section, making it easier to understand the book.

Rating

5 out of 5

Quote

“I don’t know what I think until I write about it.”

“You don’t need anybody’s permission to live a creative life.”

“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

 

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