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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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MoonWitch94
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✨MAGIC✨ is my word of the year for 2023.

“Regeneration. Hope. Gratitude” were my words for 2020, 2021, and 2022. These words sustained me, and were essential to my survival & healing. But now, it is time to LIVE and remember the MAGIC in living. So this year, I will make Magic a priority. Making magic, living magically, and seeking out the magic in every day living.

✨What is your #WordoftheYear for #2023 ? #Magic

Enchanted_Bibliophile 😍 Love this! 1mo
wanderinglynn Great word! ❤️ 1mo
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CaliforniaCay
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Mehso-so

This wasn't the most exciting book, and it took me about halfway through to start liking it. In the beginning I thought maybe I wasn't the right audience because it seemed like it was meant for people who were too tentative to unleash their creativity. Once she started focusing on writing specifically, I began to connect to it a bit more, and even felt inspired by a few bits and pieces, but overrall, didn't love it.

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Toasty_Applejack

Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them.

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Kshakal
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Eggs ❤️💙💗💛 4mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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Check out my book review of Big Magic on Book Interrupted‘s Manuscript Monday. https://www.bookinterrupted.com/post/manuscript-monday-big-magic

jb72 This is one of my favorite books. I have it on audio and paperback. 6mo
SarahBookInterrupted @jb72 I originally listened to it on Audiobook and then bought the hardcover. 6mo
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Beatlefan129
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Mehso-so

I listened to this on audiobook which was part of the problem for me.I can listen to fiction on because there is a plot that I can follow, but when I try to listen to non-fiction or self-help, it just feels like someone is reading a list of random statements.Aside from my own issues, I just felt like Gilbert contradicted herself at times. Devote yourself to your art—but don‘t take it too seriously. Don‘t make art your job—but I write for a living.

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3rd post today! Steady 49steps! Maybe too much magic tea 🍵 Thank you‘ Paragraphe Library (Montreal‘s British bookstore) for this popping paper back, that was desperate to be freed from the crammed shelves and land in my mittens like magic!

The hard back was read last year! There is no denying that Elizabeth is my ‘Glenda the good witch‘ of literature. Her sentences sparkle in surprising threads of creative wisdom.👌✨

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brittanybooks
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Mehso-so

Not quite what I expected but a great reminder to live and have fun and create even if it doesn‘t make you rich or famous. #book40of2022

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So true!!! Ughhhh😑 11mo
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violettemeier
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Pickpick

One of the best books about embracing creativity that I have ever read. ❤

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ShelbyA7
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Book #62: 🎧 Audiobook. I started listening this when I was starting a new creative project at work. I was reminded not to be afraid to show my work, and also not to be so attached to my work that I can‘t take feedback or change it. It was really helpful and I‘d recommend it to anyone in a creative field.

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Noir

Refreshing and motivating, she's funny, positive and knows how to bring a smile to your reading face!

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jb72
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#BFC21

1. Read from my #bookspin TBR
2. Chair yoga 3x a week
3. Tarot spread 1x a week
4. Limit sugary foods (maybe one treat per week)

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SoapboxEdits
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Pickpick

What a great book in creativity! Even if you don‘t subscribe to the more woo-woo ideas about where inspiration and ideas come from, she captures the feelings about it perfectly. There were many quotable phrases, too many to pick! I will definitely be recommending this to my “stuck” authors.

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Pickpick

It‘s been ages since I‘ve listened to an audio book and this one was great. Like listening to a good friend, egging you on and some fantastic advice. I really enjoyed this. 👍

TrishB Good to know 👍🏻 2y
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TK-421 Great quote! 😁❤️ 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#AbstractArt
#CuriousCovers

I‘m not sure if this is abstract art, but looks good to me 💜💗🧡💛❤️

Eggs It totally works❣️❣️ 2y
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ShannikaKim
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I enjoyed it! Great read!

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MegCaldwell
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This was my second read of this book and every time I find it so incredible and helpful.

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LindaLaforgeAuthor
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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is a book about life and living creatively. It is an intriguing read that will help the reader to view the world from a different perspective. It is an inspirational read and comes highly recommended.

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LindaLaforgeAuthor
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When younger I used to read like a demon, these days I write instead when I am not learning herbalism, working on becoming self sufficient or talking to spirit! I have several books written & short stories to share. Building my author website I am looking for an audience for my work & valuable connections and feedback from those that know a good read when it smacks them in the eye! I am a big fan of the works of Elizabeth Gilbert...

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jessjess
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Today's #thinkpositivebepositive #mondayquote is from Elizabeth Gilbert.

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bibliobard
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Spruced up my patio to be more friendly for reading and writing. I have three chairs out here, but this is where my dog insists on being while I read.

DGRachel Looks about right. 🤣🤣 2y
bibliobard @DGRachel boy has some serious separation issues 2y
SheReadsAndWrites Yep 🐶❤️ 2y
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SarahBookInterrupted
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book and how she looks at creative living. She strips away the seriousness of it and injects playfulness, fun and magic. It‘s not a matter of you should create, but you could create and what would that look like. I also love how she says how the idea will find another outlet if you choose not to accept the challenge. It was an enjoyable read and I‘d recommend it for anyone in the process of putting something out there in the world.

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marvinam32
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your soul has been waiting
for you to wake up
to your own existence for years

Create whatever causes
a revolution in your heart

my soul desires only one thing: wonder
it quiets the hungry ghost

any motion whatsoever beats inertia
inspiration will always be drawn to motion
trust that if you make enough of a glorious commotion eventually inspiration will find its way
home to you again

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LisaLovesToRead
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Liz Gilbert breaks down some dated notions. I love that she encourages people to embrace even mundane creativity & not demand that it be significant nor expect it to financially support the artist. Her approach should be available to all who have an open mind.

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Meaw_catlady
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When I started my position as a program and outreach coordinator at my library things were pretty darn normal. 2 weeks later the world went into lock down. I applied for a job that was straightforward and normal! All the sudden I was thrown into the world of virtual. It‘s been a struggle mentally and emotionally but the journey has been so fulfilling. If you would like plz watch one example of my virtual life 🖖 https://fb.watch/3iTtLWw8BO/

TheNeverendingTBR 🖖💫 2y
Meaw_catlady Oh and I chose big magic because one year ago I read it and magic has happened since then! Highly Recommend this book! 2y
DaveGreen7777 You do such great work at the library, Rachel! I‘m sure you bring smiles to a lot of people there! 😊 2y
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UwannaPublishme Way to go! ❤️🖖🏻 2y
Branwen You are such an inspiration! I'm so proud of you! 💖💖💖 2y
Suet624 I don‘t know how you do it! Great job. 2y
LindaLaforgeAuthor You are young and beautiful. Ditch the mask, step into your power and shine your smile on the world liberally x 1y
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jb72
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#your2021word

Two phrases:

Progress over perfection
Done is better than good (from Big Magic)

These two phrases will (hopefully) push me this year to work on my own goals and challenges.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love those!! 👍🏻🙌🏻 2y
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Callemarie
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I've been going through alot of interview prepping and experiencing rejection alot more in a short time frame then what im used to. And I feel like it's making me retreat. Retreat in regards to my thoughts, in regards to being vulnerable and putting myself out there, showing people what I have to offer and what I bring... and just causing me to second guess myself. So im trusting that I picked this book for a reason. And im glad I did.

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Callemarie
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I loved this mini chapter in big magic. Its something I've been working on in general this year and so her writing this reminded me I have to keep pushing myself to talking to myself everyday and give myself positive affirmations.

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Callemarie
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Figured id get my pages in for thr day while waiting for dinner to get done

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Callemarie
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Cruising along in this book. So far so good ✌👍

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Callemarie
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Got my reading done in the early morning hours with the sound of the dogs and ryan snoring in the background.

Pure bliss 💜

Crazeedi Is this a good read? I've liked her books 2y
Callemarie @Crazeedi too early to tell. Im only about 50 pages in but its not bad so far!! 2y
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Callemarie
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I started the 75 hard challenge for the month of October and one of the things you must complete everyday is 10 pages of a personal development book.

So I started with this one that I've had since it was released but never read it.

If you have recommendations for other personal development books, im def open to other ones to read after this one!

BookBelle84 I loved that one! I read it twice. You might want to check out Brene Brown, Gabrielle Bernstein and Oprahs Super Soul Sunday books. 2y
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wanderinglynn
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This book is one that‘s been floating around on my TBR for a while. I wish this book had been around when I was in my early 20s. As I‘m now in my mid-40s, I think I‘ve already learned many of the lessons and ideas she brings across here. But even though I didn‘t feel it added any real value and only validated my own thoughts/ideas, I still think this is a good book for anyone to read on living a creative, authentic life.

merelybookish Agree! There's a podcast with the same name hosted by EG and it's enjoyable as well. 2y
wanderinglynn 5hrs for #24B4Monday for a total of 20hrs. @Andrew65 @jb72 2y
wanderinglynn @merelybookish I‘ll have to check it out. 👍🏻 2y
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Andrew65 Brilliant, you are rocking it. 👏👏👏🙌🙌 2y
jb72 I agree. That book would have been valuable in my 20s. 2y
Santie 🙋‍♀️ I‘m in my 20s and last week I was asking people “What advice would you give younger people”. I think I‘ll read this. 2y
wanderinglynn @SantieWantie 👍🏻 I‘ll be interested to hear what you think. 2y
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AnneFindsJoy
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#nonfiction2020 #education This was really inspiring and insightful, and authors voice is calm yet energizing at the same time. She includes her thoughts on fine arts (writing) MBA‘s - that they‘re not worth the $, you‘re better off just continuing to create, create, create, and finding your own peeps to inspire creating with.

jb72 I read that book some time ago and I really enjoyed it. It‘s such a good lesson. I like how she tells fear to get in the back seat. 3y
Megabooks @Meaw_catlady recommended this to me too! 3y
Cinfhen Im curious about this one!!! Thanks for tagging me 😁 3y
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Meaw_catlady This book is amazing ! 3y
AnneFindsJoy @Meaw_catlady Yeeeesssss! I so agree :) I‘m a big fan of this author!!! 3y
AnneFindsJoy @jb72 hah yes, ‘create no matter what‘ ! I love her thinking! 3y
jb72 @AnneFindsJoy “People like you must create. If you don't create, Bernadette, you will become a menace to society.”
― Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette.
3y
AnneFindsJoy @jb72 LOL so true!!! 😂 that‘s another great book too 3y
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rrkreads
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I loved this book. It was such a fantastic, joyful read. Just what I needed in these desperate, sad corona times.

The quote by the author's mother? " Done is better than good" is something to live by.

The little brother story was sweet & made me laugh like a child. Give this book a go. You won't regret it.

Definitely an Invest grade book & for the artistic types this definitely is a heirloom grade book.

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marleed
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Maybe the reason this book sat unread on my shelves was because the world knew I needed to save it for a time it would be just what I needed to consume. If in this crazy world right now, you feel your creativity is waning, Elizabeth‘s words here might be right for you, too.

sdbruening What a beautiful set of scarves to frame it!! 3y
Meaw_catlady This book is so good!!! I will def reread it eventually! 🖤 3y
marleed @sdbruening Thank you! @Meaw_catlady I don‘t think I could have read this at any other time with the same effect. It was exactly the words I needed right now. 3y
Meaw_catlady @marleed that‘s so beautiful!!! And also exactly what the book talks about !! That big magic!! ❤️ 3y
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Meaw_catlady
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1. 80 degrees and sunny. So sunny . I went outside to read and was blinded by the light. This vampire hissed and skulked back into her cave .
2. Tulips, Roses and all the herbs
3. Tagged. And for fiction The Girl Who Drank The Moon! 🌝
Thanks for the tag @AsYouWish !!
Tagging @litenthusiast
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs “Skulked back into the cave” 😂🤣😂 3y
Meaw_catlady @Eggs haha i feel like once I finally emerge into the world again I‘m gonna be very sensitive to light , sounds and people 🙏🙏 3y
Eggs Oh I know what you mean-it‘s a killer when you‘re not used to it 3y
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Hailie_Wheeler
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Mehso-so

This wasn‘t a terrible read, but it did take me a long time to be motivated to finishing. Had some really good points about living a creative life which I enjoyed.

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maich
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My #TBR for #ReadingWithMaja #abookwithspringcoloronthecover
Maybe I read it all maybe I change them. Will see...
What will you read in March?

#readingchallenge #marchtbr #tbr #toberead #litsyfun

jb72 I really enjoyed the Elizabeth Gilbert book. 3y
maich @jb72 I borrow it from my sister😊 I need something like this to read so hope I like it. 3y
Gissy I will read The Bromance!🤗 3y
maich @Gissy Awesome😍❤ Can't to see your review. 3y
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Smarkies
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Another book which is between a pick and a so-so. I liked her message and her general straightforwardness in telling her story. However, it does have a little of the woo woo e.g. the universe wants you to do this! Let it help you! Ideas find people organically!
Hence the reticence that this book may not be for all.

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Foxyfictionista
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Bailedbailed

Absolute trash. This is a load of self-indulgent, self-congratulatory twaddle. I made it a third of the way through before I pulled the rip cord. I didn't realise that this was the same author who wrote Eat Pray Love. Had I known, I would have left it on the shelf. Thankfully, it was a library book so no money spent.

Amandajoy Twaddle. Now that‘s a fun word. 3y
Foxyfictionista @Amandajoy hahaha it is! 😂 3y
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Smarkies
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Heading off for a quick holiday - though this is probably not the best of times for one...
Of course books are packed and this is one of them.