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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear | Elizabeth Gilbert
The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller Named a Hot Fall Read by "USA Today, Vanity Fair, Newsday, ""O Magazine," the"Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mashable, Pop Sugar, "and the" San Antonio Express-News "Named a Best Book of the Year by "Brainpickings "and" Book Riot" "A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious. PopSugar From the worldwide bestselling author of "Eat Pray Love" the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you ve dreamed of. Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the strange jewels that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, "Big Magi"c cracks open a world of wonder and joy."
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Kell1
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Every creative person should read this book. Written by the author of Eat Pray Love, this books is a deep dive into the writer's creative process, filled with great personal stories and cautionary tales. Being a creative person myself this book has inspired immensely. Recommended!!

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Meaw_catlady
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Creativity is magic. Ideas pick and choose the right candidate. We are not meant to be tortured artists. We should do what we love and let it love us back. This book was a quick read for me! I ate it up exactly what I needed to start out this new year!

Darklunarose I really enjoyed this book as well. It was a good read. 2w
ValerieAndBooks I‘ve read this one twice 💖 maybe time for a third read soon !! 2w
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I loves this quote so much I had to put it in my office.

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Last line:The treasures that are hidden inside you are hopong you will say yes.

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Everything sucks, some of the time. (Mark Manson)

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Frustration is not an interruption of your process; frustration is the process.

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...realize that your education isnt over when they say its over; your education is over when you say its over.

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....everything imitates before they can innovate.

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Music is nothing more than decoration for the imagination.

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Pure creativity is somethingbbetterbthan a necessity; its a gift. Our creativity is a wild and unexpected bonus from the universe.

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And always remember that peoples judgments about you are none of your business.

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Inspiration will overhear your pleasure, and it will send ideas to your door as a reward for your enthusiasm and your loyalty.

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Do you eant to study under the great teachers? Is that it? Well, you can find them anywhere. They live on the shelves of your library....

Butterfinger ♥️ 2w
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Free yourself so that you can live and create more freely, as you were designed by nature to do.

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Artists, by nature, are gamblers. Gambling is a dangerous habit. But whenever you make art, you're always gambling.

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Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. ❤

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Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them.

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Your own reasons to create are reason enough.

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Without this arrogance of belonging, you will never be able to take any creative risks whatsoever.

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Let inspiration lead you wherever it wants to lead you.

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If you're supporting yourself financially and you're not bothering anyone else, then you're free to do whatever you want with your kife.

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He didnt quit his day job to follow his dream; he just folded his dream into his everyday life.

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...creativity is a gift to the creator, not just a gift to the audience.

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...perhaps she had become pinnrd beneath the boulder of her own reputation.

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...the Romans didnt belive that an exceptionally gifted person was a genius; they believed that an exceptionally gifted person had a genius.

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Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.

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...Pitiful Pearl.

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And we all know that when courage dies, creativity dies with it.

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The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.

The hunt to uncover those jewels-- that's creative living.

The courage to go on that hunt in the first place--that's what seperates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.

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Without bravery, he instructed, they would never be able to realize the vaulting scope of their own capacities.

Without bravery, they would never know the world as richly as it longs to be known.

Without bravery, their lives would remain small-- far smaller than they probably wanted their lives to be.

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He told them they must live their most creative lives as a means if fighting back against the ruthless furnace of this world.

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First line: Once upon a time, there was a man named Jack Gilbert, who was not related to me-- unfortunately for me.

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BookBelle84
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Hoping to spend the year reading books I already own! I buy so many and never get to them, lots of hidden gems I'm sure. I love my book room.
#readinggoals #2020goals #bookshelves

Sace I'm doing the same! 2w
Amandajoy Those are beautiful bookshelves! 2w
CuriousG That is my exact goal as well. So many good books just sitting on my shelves waiting for me to choose them. Good luck with your 2020 reading! 😊 2w
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Reviewsbylola I love your book room too. 😍😍😍 2w
kspenmoll What wonderful & gorgeous bookshelves! 2w
Kimzey Yes, I set a goal of alternating reading a book I already own before allowing myself to buy a new book. 2w
Kimzey Beautiful book room! 2w
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Lydiamansel
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Amazing, quick, needed to read this

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I love Gilbert and Ive heard great great thinga about this one. There was tons of great advice and it doesnt necessarily have to apply to writing.

MadDashReading I read this one a few years ago and enjoyed it. I think it might be time for a revisit! 3w
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Book 180 of 2019
#tbrlist

Suet624 Wow! 4w
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jb72
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#gratefulreads #nonfiction

There are so many great and amazing nonfiction books. I really can‘t pick just one. Nonfiction is one of my favorite genres. The tagged book is one I have on audio.

Unbroken
The Secret
A Walk in the Woods
Wild
Ex Libris (I‘ve declared this author my new best friend even though she doesn‘t know it yet - Anne Fadiman)
The Success Principles
A Slip of the Keyboard
My Good Life in France
Whiskey in a Teacup

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚❤️ 2mo
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Gotta love a long lazy Sunday, finished the last twenty minutes of this audiobook from Cloudlibrary. Elizabeth Gilbert has a great reading voice, I own the actual book but I just couldn‘t get into it. The audiobook is more accessible but I‘m not sure 🤔 I believe her theories about creativity. Maybe I‘m not the audience this book was written for. I wish there was a choice between Pick and So-so. Her voice was soothing and helped me fall asleep.

Centique I haven‘t read this but you made me laugh about the nice voice for falling to sleep! I have a couple of favourite podcasts - and if I can‘t sleep - I play old ones to fall asleep to! It‘s an under-rated quality, having a good voice for falling asleep! 😂😂 4mo
Dragon Thanks @Centique so true , a soporific voice but in a good way not a boring way. 😴🐉 4mo
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#BFCr2 photo challenge!

I was enamored with this book when I read it a few years ago. I think fear keeps us from lots of things, creative or otherwise. Gilbert put out an interesting podcast to go along with the book, where she helped creatives who were stuck. Check it out!

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 6mo
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Starting reading Big Magic, The Alchemist, and A Really Good Day. Which one should I finish first? 😃

Lynnsoprano Welcome to our Litsy family! Check out @LitsyWelcomeWagon for tips and advice. Great first post. I look forward to getting to know you. 6mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 6mo
Lady_Tigana_20 Welcome! 6mo
ImperfectCJ Hmm...maybe The Alchemist because it's such a quick read? (Although I haven't read the other two.) Welcome to Litsy! 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👏🏻💗🎈 6mo
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jen_the_scribe Loved Big Magic! 6mo
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thebookbutterfly1
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Needed some inspiration 💖

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Was this profound? No. Was this smart? Yes. To me this read as ideas I was for the most part acquainted with arranged in a sensible, useful outline. A few points did particularly catch my interest, and a few I completely tuned out during. All in all I found it lackluster.

BlameJennyJane I did this one in print a couple of years against and felt similarly. Lackluster, but there were nuggets. 7mo
IndoorDame @BlameJennyJane that's good to hear. I always vaguely wonder when I don't really connect with an audio book if I would have with the print version (never the other way around though) well, not good that you didn't enjoy it but you know what I mean... (edited) 7mo
BlameJennyJane @IndoorDame ha ha. I thought maybe I wasn‘t hearing the author‘s “true voice” and perhaps I should have tried the audio version. Lol 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
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IndoorDame @BlameJennyJane haha. Go figure 7mo
JSW I feel like this kind of book is all about timing, but good to have in your library for when you might need it. I bought an awesome career changing book that did nothing for me but I‘m saving it for someday😂. 7mo
IndoorDame @JSW I generally agree that you have to read this at the right moment 7mo
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jen_the_scribe

An inspirational focus on creativity. It motivated me to get to work but also gripped me to keep turning the page.

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“If you trust in yourself...and believe in your dreams...and follow your star... you‘ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren‘t so lazy.” - Miss Tick

Finished this just in time today (and the audio). Happy Pride Day, Portland! I had fun cheering with family and friends today 👏🏳️‍🌈💕 Also, it was very l o n g, and my son asked why so many people were there “advertising.”

MrBook Great! 😁👏🏻 (edited) 7mo
BookInMyHands 🤣 Just realized I tagged Big Magic and not 7mo
LauraJ Nice work! 7mo
Bradleygirl @BookInMyHands I thought that was an odd Gilbert quote 🤣🤣 7mo
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I‘ve listened to Elizabeth Gilbert‘s “Big Magic” once a year for 3 years. It‘s my reminder that creativity is a necessity, and I love her voice. So last night when I got to see Liz in person it made my heart so happy. She was, of course, amazing.

readordierachel Fun! At Powell's no less. Are you in Portland? 7mo
BookInMyHands It was sponsored by Powell‘s but at a theater. I‘m close, about 45 minutes away. Unless you hit rush hour, then I discovered I‘m actually about 1.5 hours away. We still made it in time though! 7mo
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Not enjoying my Saturday morning read as much as I‘m enjoying my morning reading view #EarlGrey #catsofLitsy

SW-T Lovely picture! 7mo
Dragon 😻 7mo
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BookishTrish @CoverToCoverGirl It‘s really good so far. Have you read 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl Yes and LOVED it.. I read it first... then listened to the audiobook, it‘s a fantastic listen highly recommend it. 8mo
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sailu112
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Like most books, this book definitely should speak to you at the right moment. I am glad I listened to this book because I felt it was more effective that way. And it helped me get through my writer's block and write.