I started reading “Big Magic: Creative living beyond fear” in the early autumn of 2015. It is the summers of 2017 when I have finally finished reading this.
Point to be noted, I have the genius to finish a seven hundred page in less than two days. Then how awful exactly this book must be that it took me almost two years?
The truth is, it’s simply too much of awesomeness to be gulped down in one go. Partly synchronicity, but more of for what it is, I took it in slowly. Now when I look back to the past months, I realize somewhere without even intentionally, I applied Big Magic lessons in my own ways to my creative life.
Elizabeth Gilbert, famed EAT PRAY LOVE author, has broken down the magic of ideas, creativity, success and our attachment to all of it in the most humble way.
Big Magic is not a story nor a preacher of philosophies. It’s real and candid. It gets you to become friends with creativity rather than fear it.
How do you get an idea which clicks? How do you keep pursuing your idea? For how long should you? What if it never clicks?
Right from the joy of an artist to the misery of artists, it’s got everything covered. Just like creativity, the lessons from this book apply greatly to your personal and professional life.
Reading this book is like bumping into wise strangers at different points of your life; sometimes in a cafe, sometimes in a metro, sometimes on a solo vacation perhaps. Every time you bump into them, you are greeted with tales that blow out your bulb. Liz has poured down her interactions and collected tryst with creativity in zillions of examples and stories. This is certainly not a piece from the life of solely one person.
She has unabashedly owned up her set of failures, along with lessons which took her to the road of Big Magic. Because Elizabeth is a writer – and this is what made me relate to it cent per cent – she has written it from the point of view of an artist. To be honest though, I believe that the idea of creativity is not limited to arts and in today’s age, creativity is a pursuit we all are after irrespective of our professions.
Much like all the other self-helps, take in what resonates, leave the rest. Nevertheless, if you are in a pursuit of creating and nothing still makes sense, this is pretty much what you need for starters – for inspiration, for motivation, for perception or simply as a friend who tells you to truly believe in YOU.
“You are worthy, dear one, regardless of the outcome. You will keep making your work, regardless of the outcome. You will keep sharing your work , regardless of the outcome. You were born to create, regardless of the outcome. You will never lose trust in the process, even when you don’t understand the outcome.”