Best Bits Of 'Big Magic'
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is one of my most recent reads, and as I was making my way through the book - I had this great idea that I wanted to note down the bits that resonated with me.
I thought it would be quite nice to log it here on my blog, because sometimes I'll read a book and then not long after, I'll completely forget anything it said. I also love reading about books and what people thought of them, which also tends to be how I find out about a lot of the ones that I pick up.
I did quite like this book, but it wasn't one of those that I "couldn't put down" so it took me a little while to get through. I think that I was reading another book at the same time that wasn't sort of a self help one - ssooo there was that too..
I read a lot of reviews before I picked this up, and it was very hit and miss. Elizabeth definitely has her own opinion on a few topics such as University, but I didn't feel like I disagreed with them. I quite like reading or listening about what other people really think and how they view the world, I find it really interesting.
Would I recommend? Yes! There were quite a few little gem sections that I really liked and felt inspired by. I can struggle with creativity a lot myself so I could definitely relate and maybe you could too.
MY BEST BITS
I work either way you see - assisted or unassisted - because that is what you must do in order to live a fully creative life
You do not need anybody's permission to live a fully creative life.
Often what keeps you from creative living is your self-absorption (your self-doubt, your self-disgust, your self-judgment, your crushing sense of self-protection).
Most things have already been done - but they have not yet been done by you.
Just say what you want to say, then, and say it will all your heart.
No way was I going to give up on my work simply because it wasn't "working".
If people enjoy what you've created, terrific. If people ignore what you've created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you've created, don't sweat it.
You don't just get to leap from bright moment to bright moment. How you manage yourself between those bright moments, when things aren't going so great, is a measure of how devoted you are to your vocation, and how equipped you are for the weird demands of creative living.
So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because the perfect is not only the enemy of the good; it's also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun.
Perfectionism stops people from completing their work, yes - but even worse, it often stops people from beginning their work.
You are free, because everyone is too busy fussing over themselves to worry all that much about you.
Create whatever you want to create - and let it be stupendously imperfect, because it's exceedingly likely that nobody will even notice. And that's awesome.