31 books I can’t live without: Big Magic (6)

This month I’m participating in the #write31days challenge by highlighting 31 books I can’t live without. Check out this post for more information, and otherwise, read on!  

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511b8-etqdl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Book: Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Synopsis: “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.”

Why I can’t live without this book: I was made to create (and really, I think you were too). Although, like Gilbert, my main outlet of creativity is through words, it’s taken me awhile to get there. It’s taken me awhile to trust the muse within me. It’s taken me awhile to believe that I’m doing and being and leaning into exactly who I was created to be, as a creative myself. While this book may not be for everyone, I needed it so I could stop making excuses, so I could stop waiting for something to happen and instead do the hard work of getting my butt in the chair. And I credit her (and my dear friend Karly, who nearly forced me to read it), with helping me get there.

(One of my) favorite quotes: “A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”

So, Big Magic: is it full of magic and sparkly and unicorn-like for you as well …or is it just a bunch of hocus-pocus? Why or how did this book change you? If not, what book of creativity DID change you? 

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4 thoughts on “31 books I can’t live without: Big Magic (6)

  1. I really loved Big Magic too! This challenges me: “So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”

    1. Lisa, reading Big Magic was FOUNDATIONAL to me letting go of fear a year ago and really going for it – finishing my manuscript, querying places that might (and did and would!) reject me, etc. I really, really appreciate her insight.

    1. I held back from reading it, maybe because I knew it was going to be EXACTLY what I needed to read and I wasn’t quite ready to face the music. But man, once I got into it, I was INTO it and couldn’t put it down (and what it then did to my insides afterward made all the difference).

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