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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Readers Of All Ages And Walks Of Life Have Drawn Inspiration And Empowerment From Elizabeth Gilbert S Books For Years Gilbert Offers 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 Whether We Are Looking To Write A Book, Make Art, Find New Ways To Address Challenges In Our Work, Embark On A Dream Long Deferred, Or Simply Infuse Our Everyday Lives With Mindfulness And Passion, Big Magic Cracks Open A World Of Wonder And Joy This The Signature of All Things are my fave Gilbert books As the audiobook reader in addition to writer, she does an incredible job of sounding polished, relaxed, truly encouraging Read or listen to the end for the 2 best of all her great annecdotes This The Signature of All Things are my fave Gilbert books As the audiobook reader in addition to writer, she does an incredible job of sounding polished, relaxed, truly encouraging Read or listen to the end for the 2 best of all her great annecdotes I appreciate and respect Elizabeth Gilbert s attempt to inspire creativity, and can fully see why people could love this and take a lot away from it but there were too many fundamental things that I disagreed with thought were done poorly for me.1 Creativity as a type of religion I don t know if religion is the right word here, but Gilbert s spiritualization of creativity is saturated in this book She talks about our need to think of creativity as a spiritual entity, to believe that ideas I appreciate and respect Elizabeth Gilbert s attempt to inspire creativity, and can fully see why people could love this and take a lot away from it but there were too many fundamental things that I disagreed with thought were done poorly for me.1 Creativity as a type of religion I don t know if religion is the right word here, but Gilbert s spiritualization of creativity is saturated in this book She talks about our need to think of creativity as a spiritual entity, to believe that ideas can leave us and jump into other people, etc It all seems extremely unimportant and clouded to me, muddy and distracting.2 Everything was super cheesy It s tough to write non fiction, especially motivational non fiction, that doesn t end up being preachy or cheesy, I understand that, but this book had me rolling my eyes all over the place Maybe some of those moments were what some people needed to hear, but for me it was just extremely boring and anti climatic 3 It was extremely name dropping every few chapters Gilbert would say So, I have this famous friend, and it started to get really grating I get that she has interesting friends with interesting stories, but it really just felt like a pile of name drops.4 An uncomfortable anti higher education stand point Studying the arts is a very oxymoronic idea, I can absolutely admit to that Art is about personal endeavour and creativity, and in many ways can t be taught But there was a section in this book where Gilbert is very against creative related higher education I agree that no one should feel that they need to pay crazy amounts of money to feel like a proper artist, but I really disagree with the idea that higher education is useless or worthless and gives you nothing but debt I think that would be true if higher education was about creating good artists, but that s not what it s about it s about giving you new perspectives, ideas, references, people, time things that you can then use to make stuff you may never have been able to make otherwise Of course it isn t necessary, but to say it s worthless rubbed me the wrong way 5 The opinion that creativity isn t necessary There was a big section that I found really confusing and counter intuitive to her entire argument, where she argued that the arts aren t necessary She mentions how plumbers and janitors for example are roles that ARE necessary, but art isn t And I just, shoot, I just really disagree with that Of course art is necessary If it wasn t necessary we wouldn t all wear different clothing, cut our hair in different ways, decorate our rooms differently, we wouldn t care about recording history, or sharing our experiences Maybe someone could take from her writings a freeing lesson that I can do whatever I want, because it doesn t matter but I disagree.I am glad contrary, perhaps, to this review s tone that I read this because I do like hearing people champion creativity, but there were too many differences in mine and Gilbert s thinking I recommend skipping this one and instead reading Show Your Work by Austin Kleon, a book I thought was super motivating and uplifting Talk about receiving the right message at the right time Wow Big Magic is one of the most honest discussions about the creative process that I ve ever read Gilbert strikes a playful and conversational tone, but make no mistake, this is all straight talk Her no BS attitude helps do away with the unrealistic expectations and unnecessary melodrama attached to the concept of creative living like how she so expertly pish poshes the tormented artist ideal And in its place, she asks all people Talk about receiving the right message at the right time Wow Big Magic is one of the most honest discussions about the creative process that I ve ever read Gilbert strikes a playful and conversational tone, but make no mistake, this is all straight talk Her no BS attitude helps do away with the unrealistic expectations and unnecessary melodrama attached to the concept of creative living like how she so expertly pish poshes the tormented artist ideal And in its place, she asks all people who feel called to create writers, painters, musicians, whatever to quietly and joyfully accept their creative inclinations and ideas as gifts from the universe She reminds them to approach their creativity with curiosity and openness, with playfulness and joy even when it s tough, even when there is no Pulitzer, no bestseller list, no call from the Met Own that creativity, she encourages And also stay light with it.Well, this was the message I apparently desperately needed to hear I m a stay at home mom with three young children And when people ask me what I do, that is what I always tell them But that isn t what I want to tell them What I want to tell them what I want to shout from the rooftops, in fact is that I m a writer Sure, barely anyone reads what I write, I ve never been published, and it probably goes without saying that I ve never been paid for a single sentence In other words, no one really gets anything out of my work but me But I love it, straight up So I keep writing, regardless.Yet it feels weird to declare yourself A Something when that something doesn t earn you money or status or likes or hits or retweets Which means even though this side passion feels so authentically me, I hide it so people won t think I m a loser, an imposter, a wannabe, an embarrassment, a failure and the list goes on I guess this reality had been bumming me outthan I realized, because when I read the following words, they resonated with me in an unimaginably powerful and loving way like I was receiving a cosmic hug Shake yourself free of all your cumbersome ideas about what you require in order to become creatively legitimate You do not need a permission slip from the principal s office to live a creative life Or if you do worry that you need a permission slip THERE, I just gave it to you Now go make something In other words, Gilbert s message is this just accept that you need to create Accept that this is a part of you, that you are ALREADY creatively legitimate And just do what you naturally feel compelled to do Do it with joy even when it gets difficult and don t worry about how it will be received if it s received at all If you are called to be a maker, then you will just have to make Own who you are, for better or worse.So that s what I m doing from now on I m owning it This is me stating my intent Hello, world My name is Ladybug I am a writer Preach, Vain, SnoreYou know, I didn t enter into this as a hate read , despite being such a cynic I don t like to waste my time and money on things just to have something to snark at I can already hear the snickering in the audience as I write that You see, with any of these advice books I actually want to learn something useful that s the whole reason why I would pick it up in the first place Despite being utterly let down with her previous book, I genuinely wanted to give this a try, if Preach, Vain, SnoreYou know, I didn t enter into this as a hate read , despite being such a cynic I don t like to waste my time and money on things just to have something to snark at I can already hear the snickering in the audience as I write that You see, with any of these advice books I actually want to learn something useful that s the whole reason why I would pick it up in the first place Despite being utterly let down with her previous book, I genuinely wanted to give this a try, if only to get one tiny nugget of wisdom.To paraphrase the late great Myrtle Snow, Elizabeth Gilbert has a dreadful case of the me, me, me s Now with any sort of autobiographical work it s expected that the author draws on their own experiences but the part that bothers me is the unhealthy levels of God, I am just so amazeballs that this contains I don t know why I expected Gilbert to be any less full of herself this time around, but perhaps I thought she would have matured a bit at least in the narcissism department I was wrong, my friends So wrongMoving past that, this book seems to be written for artists No, strike that ARTISTES With the pretentious pronunciation and all It s mainly written for other writers, so her advice is not universal Even then, the very best thing she can come up with is to not let bad reviews or rejection get to you That s probably the only useful thing she says throughout this book made up of 2 3 page vignettes When she isn t writing as if staring lovingly in the mirror at herself, she constantly contradicts herself with pendulations between reach for the stars and never give up on your dreams andhey, it ll probably never happen for ya, kid

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