Big Magic inspires the readers to embrace their creativity by looking for their most authentic voice.
- Perfectionism is the serial killer of creative endeavors
- A creative life is a happy life
- Don’t see to be different at all costs: seek to be authentic
Big Magic Summary
This world needs you to be as creative as you can be.
Think of Your Courageous Act
The author acknowledges that starting anything creative is often scary.
The first step to overcoming that fear is thinking of a time you did do something courageous. Think about it. How did you feel? How elated you were soon after? What did it do to your self esteem?
Live With Fear
Fear will always be there when you do something new and creative. It’s normal, so don’t beat yourself up. Instead of trying to fully eradicate fear instead, learn to coexist with it.
Let your desire be greater than your fear.
Let your fear and creative spirit feed upon each other.
Be Authentic, Not Original
I could relate so much with this part of Big Magic.
Elizabeth Gilbert says that most people don’t start because they feel their idea has already been done. But everything’s already been done. You don’t have to be unique, you have to be authentic.
Give your own spin to whatever you have in mind.
I personally prefer putting it in a different way. Don’t strive to be unique: strive to be the best.
Start No Matter What
You might be in a situation where you get excited thinking about something you could do. But if you stop there, then fears will kick in. You will postpone and never do it.
Start no matter what instead.
Everything Sucks Sometimes
No matter what you do, there will be times when your work sucks. Don’t let that stop you. That’s further motivation instead to really seek what you’re passionate about, so that the bits you love will always weigh more than the bits you don’t love.
Albeit if you’re doing something really creative, Elizabeth Gilbert says, you should prioritize curiosity over passion.
There will be time when the creative process will be a bit more difficult than usual. And times when everything will be more difficult than usual.
Those are the times you need to keep going
Real Life Applications
Whatever you want to do.. Start it.
.. And keep going
And don’t stop. Also read Grit by Angela Duckworth.
No new ground broken
Albeit it’s a great book and an easy read, it doesn’t break any new ground from the self help genre perspective. However, as Elizabeth says herself, everything has already been written.
Sometimes it’s about new perspectives.
Creativity is writing in Big Magic
There are many creative endeavours, but the biggest focus in Big Magic is writing. While some of the topics go well beyond writing, (aspiring) writers might the most out of it
Elizabeth Gilbert has the credentials to write a book on creativity.
Good mix of autobiography
Big Magic crosses over from self help to autobiography, and I find it a plus. It makes it more entertaining and more inspiring.
Big Magic Review
The concept of fear reminded me of Linchpin by Seth Godin, but Big Magic expands better on practical tips.