Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A refreshing read for the discouraged creative soul, Big Magic is essentially a long, written pep talk encouraging you to stop quivering in fear about your creative projects and go out and make stuff already, for no reason other than:

a. It’s fun.
b. That’s what humans have always done.

I copied down quote after quote from Big Magic’s pages, on everything from trusting and surrendering to the process, to pushing past fear and perfectionism and refusing to accept that creative living is an inherently miserable way of life.

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Motivational quotes, because writing is hard

My sophomore year of college, I started keeping a journal dedicated entirely to writing and all the pain and frustration that comes with it. Today, I share with you motivational quotes from its pages. Read, contemplate, and then get to work!

Just as aliens abduct only people who believe in alien abductions, writers block strikes only people who believe in it. ~ Paul J. Silvia, How to Write a Lot

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. ~ Richard Bach

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it. ~ Washington Irving, Elbert Hubbard’s Scrap Book

The successful person has the habit of doing things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose. ~ E. M. Gray, The Common Denominator of Success

If you’re not failing all the time, you’re not creating a situation where you can get super lucky. ~ Ira Glass

Stories written with blood are sometimes better. ~ my little brother Joseph at 12 years old, December 20, 2011

Everything takes time