Big Magic

26/04/2016


Today's post is a little different than the usual, it's sort of like a review but not quite. Today, I'll be talking about Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic and picking out my fav bits to share with you lot in hopes that 1. You read this amazing book and 2. The bits I pick out help inspire and motivate you if only even slightly.

This post was actually meant to be posted yesterday but due to the weird and wonderful events that occurred yesterday *ahem - quitting my job to go full time with blogging* it seems like I have to post it today instead.  So lets get cracka-lackin'

Big Magic is, to me, the creative living guidebook. Liz speaks about the fact anyone can live a creative life, her beliefs on where inspiration comes from (I've adapted her mindset and it has helped 100% especially when I have ~writers block~) and she writes about the fear which comes hand in hand with creative living.
Whilst her writing is informative, humorous and enchanting, she comes at it with a down to earth tone including personal stories, thoughts and feelings which makes you believe she's sat right next to you chatting away.
Basically, what I'm trying to say is you should definitely read this book at least once (this was the 3rd time I've read it and it never gets old.) If you're still uhmming and ahhing whether you should go forth and seek out this creative living guidebook, I've included some snippets which will ~hopefully~ have you opening a new tab or clicking here and snapping up this amazing read!

1. Speaking to your darkest and most negative interior voices:
"Who the hell do you think you are?" your darkest interior voices will demand.
"It's funny you should ask" you can reply. "I'll tell you who I am: I am a child of God, just like anyone else. I am a constituent of this universe. I have invisible spirit benefactors who believe in me, and who labour alongside me. The fact that I am here at all is evidence that I have the right to be here. I have a right to my own voice and a right to my own vision. I have a right to collaborate with creativity, because I myself am a product and a consequence of Creation. I'm on a mission of artistic liberation, so let the girl go" (Page 96)

2. You must be willing to take risks: 
Artists, by nature, are gamblers. Gambling is a dangerous habit. But whenever you make art, you're always gambling. You're rolling the dice on the slim odds that your investment of time, energy, and resources now might pay off later in a big way - that somebody might buy your work, and that you might become successful.(Page 105)

3. We need your work in order to enrich and inform our own lives:
Take your insecurities and your fears and hold them upside down by their ankles and shake yourself free of all your cumbersome ideas about what you require (and how much you need to pay) in order to become creatively legitimate. Because I'm telling you that you are already creatively legitimate, by nature of your mere existence here among us. (Page 108)

4. Dearest fear:
Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand you'll be joining us, because you always do. I acknowledge that you believe you have an important job to do in my life, and that you take your job seriously. Apparently your job is to induce complete panic whenever I'm about to do anything interesting - and, may I say, you are superb at your job...(there's more but to find out you need to pick up the book yourself *spoiler it will give you goosebumps!*) (Page 25-26)


5. Peoples judgements about you are none of your business:
Remember what W. C. Fields had to say on this point: "It ain't what they call you; it's what you answer to"(Page 121)

There are soo many more snippets I could include but I've leave you to find the rest of the hidden treasures within this book, and maybe you'll uncover some hidden treasures within yourself too.
Let me know how you found this post in the comments because if a lot of you enjoyed it I'll try to do a book ~review~ thing every Monday.

6 comments

  1. I've been looking into self-help books and this one seems perfect. The first quote you mentioned was all I needed to know that I need to add this book to my shelf now. So powerful.

    Kathlyn | https://kathlynskorner.wordpress.com/

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    1. Honestly this book is SO good! I highly recommend you reading it Kathlyn x

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    1. You wont be disappointed Heather! Such a great book x

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  3. This book sounds really good and super interesting. It actually sounds like my kind of book! Will definitely look out for it! Thanks
    Jade xo

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    1. It really is, trust me Jade, you will love it! x

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