Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert | Book Review

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert is a book that I had wanted  to read originally because Bohoberry – one of the bullet journaling super stars – recommended it on her blog. When I saw that it was just up for grabs to borrow at the library with no holds on it or anything, I practically sprinted with it to the check out. I am what you might call a little bit uncivilized. Anyways, lately I just cannot get enough of non-fiction and personal development books. And so, Big Magic firmly in hand, I am delighted to say that I’ve learned a bit more about creativity and how to nurture it.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is Gilbert’s latest book about how she views creativity and how she nurtures her creativity. The book is divided up into different themed sections like trust, divinity, etc. Within each section there are shorter segments which are kind of like chapters only they aren’t labeled CHAPTER ONE etc nor are they divided up by page. These short segments made me whip through the book and I would always find myself pushing beyond my typical stopping point because JUST ONE MORE SEGMENT really adds up when they are super short.

I’m actually really glad I read Big Magic. I’ll admit that sometimes creativity eludes me and it feels like I am just phoning it in, especially when it comes to blogging and reviewing. Reading this book inspired me and made me want to be more creative and to actually try harder and be more disciplined with my blogging. However, on the heels of reading and nearly finishing this book, something happened in my personal life which had me temporarily shelving this creativity goal for a week or so. Still, even though I am not back to the goal, I am glad that this book fired me up so much.

The big thing that actually surprised me about Big Magic is how Gilbert interacts with creativity and does not expect it to pay her bills or feed her. In fact, she made sacrifices to work in a creative field. She waited tables and bartended so that in turn, she could feed her creativity and herself. She talks about not quitting your dayjob to write the next great American novel. I almost feel like advising people not to give in to their whims and passions is a new kind of advice and I really respected it.

It made me feel like I could better relate to her — because I am certainly not about to stop working my day job that pays all my bills to focus on blogging which pays essentially to keep the site up and running with maybe a beer or two every other month. I’d love to make more from this website, but right now it would be impractical to expect it to pay for my lifestyle. I just thought that this book was a very realistic examination of what it means to lead a creative life and to create for the joy of it.

Other Reviews of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert:

Everyday Reading – This book is incredible.

The Self Help Hipster – “overall it’s just very ‘meh’

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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