Author of “Eat, Pray, Love” Elizabeth Gilbert tackles the creative life here in “Big Magic”. She busts through so many writer misconceptions such as you must be struggling to be an artist, you should be angry and frustrated when your muse doesn’t cooperate, and that you shouldn’t compromise your work in any way, shape or form with personal stories and her trademark wit and humor. If you’re any kind of artist at all, and even if you don’t consider yourself to be artistic at all, I think there are many little nuggets in here that might resonate with you. She makes the case for living a creative life, whatever form that might take for you and whether or not you choose to make it your career (surprisingly, the author asserts that artistic endeavors make for difficult careers but that doesn’t mean you can’t find little ways to have art improve your life).
There is such a mystique about the creative process, and Ms. Gilbert breaks down the arguments head on, with comedy, humility, practicality, and encouragement that rarely feels overdone. If you are struggling with your craft, looking for something to fill the gaps in your life, or simply curious about what “big magic” might be, I highly recommend this book. You can easily skip over tangents that don’t apply to you (like for me, the lengthy part about substance addiction), and there’s still plenty left to digest.
Amazon link is here.