Review: Big Magic
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent book for anyone pursuing a creative life--meaning people who like to create, be that as a career or hobby. While I don't adhere to all of Gibson's beliefs about ideas being living entities with their own plans and desires, it is a novel concept that was fun to consider. And I do agree with her on many of the general principals put forward in this book, such as the concept that we must allow ourselves to be enchanted by the process of our own creativity rather than trying to control it, that we don't need anyone's permission to pursue our dreams (many people look down on creativity because it is often an impractical career choice), and that often the best way to succeed at creative living is to remove the burden of success from the equation.

With a down-to-Earth tone, Gibson's writing is smooth, engaging, and often comical as she shares amusing anecdotes from her own life and experiences. I would highly recommend this book to anyone struggle to pursue their creative dreams in a practical world.

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