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Big Magic: How to Live a Creative Life, and Let Go of Your Fear Kindle Edition
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By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear.
Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.
A writer of incandescent talent ― Annie Proulx
Gilbert dares us into adventures of worldly discovery ― Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times Book Review
Sumptuous ... Gilbert's prose is by turns flinty, funny, and incandescent ― New Yorker
Readers prepared to enter Gilbert Time will be rewarded: she is an unflaggingly curious writer, prone to delightful touches ― Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times
Smart but unpretentious, funny, warm, and generous … By the end of one of her books, you feel as if she is your friend, too ― San Francisco Chronicle
Charming … Her tone is relentlessly endearing. It’s like talking to your hippy-est friend, the one who never turns up at the right bar but always makes you feel great once she’s got there … Some great stuff about the power of ideas themselves, about how utterly useless emotions such as fear are when trying to do anything creative, and why we all have a right to live creatively ― The Debrief
Gilbert writes about enchantment and wonder, but her feet are always firmly on the ground …Eminently practical … Witty and self-aware, she never urges her readers to just follow their dreams or to believe that they can’t fail, or any of the usual platitudes often thrown at people with creative ambitions … It’s all very refreshing … In almost every section of Big Magic I found something that rang perfectly true to my situation, something that helped me to view my work and creative stumbling blocks in a new and more productive way … Whether you’re worried about getting started, burning out, making money, failing or even succeeding, there is something in this book that will speak to you ― Irish Times
Gilbert offers powerful insights into the mysterious nature of creativity, and she delivers the vibrant message that we can all find, and create, magic ― Veggie
Doing that [Turning fear into a positive force in your life] starts simply by acknowledging that having fear isn’t the same as letting it control you. In her book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert describes this brilliantly, explaining that living life healthily alongside fear is like taking it on a road trip ― Top Sante Health and Beauty
I was feeling fragile about quite a few exciting projects that were up in the air. This book, which is all about creativity, helped me recognise anxiety is just part of the creative process, which made me much more accepting of the way I was feeling. Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love – she’s so open and makes me laugh. I buy this for loved ones and recommend it to clients and students who I think will find it inspiring -- Eve Menezes Cunningham ― Fit & Well
Absurdly comforting ― Mslexia --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00SHCSU64
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (22 September 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1583 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 289 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 28,008 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It goes on and on about the blocks to creativity and basically the message so far seems to be : if you want to be creative just have a go! Sorry Amazon community, everyone else seems to love it, but I just want to be honest.
I think I get the message - ie. drop the fear and allow yourself to be as creative as you want to be. I understand why this is important to the author and can also understand why it is important to many people.
As a book though, I thought it was unnecessary to write. The message is very short and clear with not enough to fill a book without lots of repetition. I tried to find something substantial and practical that can be taken away to put into practice and there is very little of that.
I still love the author (in fact her latest novel is one of her current favourite recommendations) but this one was not a hit with me.
This book is all of life! Really. All big questions that have ever raised themselves in my head- most of them are answered in here in a very fun Liz-Gilbert-Only way. The book is not like EAT PRAY LOVE. But I don't think anyone other than Liz Gilbert can write it. It doesn't have any practical 1-2-3-4 step by step guidelines. But it is very much applicable in everyday life.
Read it if you are afraid of new things.
Please read it if you wish to do any creative-projects in life.
Please please read it if you are looking for a mystic creativity mentor.
Please please please read it if you are a suffering creative. (You don't have to suffer to be creative.)
All I know is that this book is going to be my long-term companion.