What Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic means to me

BigMagicIf you want a conventional review of this uplifting book, I may not be able to help you.

I can tell you that my copy looks like a purple peacock. Post-it notes are feathered throughout the book. (Traditionally, I’ll mark three or four places in a book I intend to review.)

“Creative Living Beyond Fear” should be a required textbook for all writers, current or future.

Just peek at her inspiring chapter titles. Try these on:

Fear is Boring

Hard Labor vs. Fairy Dust

Your Permission Slip

Originality vs. Authenticity

Plus, a whole lot more.

What are a few of the jewels I mined from reading Big Magic? Peruse these four favorites:

“You are not required to save the world with your creativity.” Gilbert details why “improving” books solely meant to save others often don’t work.

“I am not convinced that we need officially credentialed novelists.” Gilbert urges readers to think twice about shouldering a lifetime of student loan debt. To make her case, she points out that none of the dozen North American Nobel Prize authors since 1901 needed an MFA.

“Fourth, and most important, you’re scaring away inspiration.” The author shatters the myth of the tormented artist. Her advice? “Stop complaining.”

“Perfectionism stops people from completing their work, yes–but even worse, it often stops people from beginning their work.” She quotes her mother, who proclaimed “Done is better than good.”

This book is the pep talk before you win the Super Bowl. A good coach might suggest how to succeed. A great coach shows you why you deserve that win. Author Elizabeth Gilbert is that writing coach.







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