Having read a few of the valid negative reviews I want
to start by talking about what this book is not in start by talking about what this book is not in you re not sure if you should pick it up it is not a dense instructional or academic primer about creativity although Gilbert applies her thinking to all types of creativity it s not really about anything but writing Gilbert is a writer and her examples are about writing Although someone who needs inspiration to pursue that creative hobby they ve always loved may find some here it s not high brow and nothing Gilbert talks about is researched or proven I uess that relates to the first point which is thatThis is a very light book It s an encouraging book And it s a book that contains I think some ideas you may not have heard before or ideas we don t hear enough Namely the idea that if you think about inspiration and writing ideas as independent spirits floating about in the ether you need to do everything you can to attract them Also
that there s no reason to suffer for art but there s every reason to there s no reason to suffer for art but there s every reason to itI don t really think Gilbert meant for her ideas to constitute a religion of writing But it s helpful to think about in terms of your own positivity dedication and openness to creativity Gilbert assures us that if we approach writing with joy if we ignore all of the excuses we create not to write I m not The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, good enough I m too old I don t have an MFA it will never pay etc etc and make space for creativity in our lives that the writing will come and it will be fulfillingIave this book 4 stars because anytime I picked it up and read a few pages I deliberately took than a year to finish it I was Inverloch Volume 4 guaranteed to write afterward So that s how I used it Whenever I needed encouragement I read a few pages Whenever I was feeling overwhelmingly negative about writing I read a few pages Whenever I was convinced that I would never write a decent word I read a few pages In this way I savored the book like Charlie savors his bar of chocolate for a whole month nibbling at it in the dead of night when he needed it mostIn sum I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone who is looking to study or intellectually explore creativity I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to write It worked for me And I ll come back to it again whenever I m feeling low about writing because without fail it made me want to write And that s it I purchased this book after many raving reviews from friends about how transformational and inspiring the content was To me the book felt very repetitive It was a constant reminder that this author achievedreat success with her Eat Pray Love book and opportunities that had floated her way after the wild success Yes there were anecdotes about other book ideas that did not come to fruition but I didn t feel like it was very inspiring Reading this book felt like a constan. 2015 Bloomsbury trade paperback Elizbeth Gilbert Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years Now this beloved
By Elizabeth Gilbert Ñ 0 SUMMARYAt something doesn t earn you money or status or likes Or Hits Or Retweets Which hits or retweets Which even though this side passion feels so authentically me I
it so people won t think I m a loser an imposter a wannabe an embarrassment failureand the list The Good and Beautiful God goes onIuess this reality had been bumming me out than I realized because when I read the following words they resonated with me in an unimaginably powerful and loving way like I was receiving a cosmic hug Shake yourself free of all your cumbersome ideas about what you reuire in order to become creatively legitimate You do not need a permission slip from the principal s office to live a creative life Or if you do worry that you need a permission slip THERE I just ave it to you Now o make something In other words Gilbert s message is this accept that you need to create Accept that this is a part of you that you are ALREADY creatively legitimate And just do what you naturally feel compelled to do Do it with joy even when it ets difficult and don t worry about how it will be received if it s received at all If you are called to be a maker then you will just have to make Own who you are for better or worseSo that s what I m doing from now on I m owning it This is me stating my intentHello world My name is Ladybug I am a writer I want to like this book but I m half way through according to my Kindle and ready to ive upIt The Horse in Celtic Culture goes on and on about the blocks to creativity and basically the message so far seems to be if you want to be creative just have ao Sorry community everyone else seems to love it but I just want to be honest EDITING THE TITLE This book isn t for those who wish to live a creative life It if for those who wish to LIVE Because really what is life without creativityThis book is all of life Really All big uestions that have ever raisedhide it so people won t think I m a loser an imposter a wannabe an embarrassment
themselves in my head most of them are answered in here in a very fun Liz Gilbert Only way Thein my head most of them are answered in here in a very fun Liz Gilbert Only way The is not like EAT PRAY LOVE But I don t think anyone other than Liz Gilbert can write it It doesn t have any practical 1 2 3 4 step by step uidelines But it is very much applicable in everyday lifeRead it if you are afraid of new thingsPlease read it if you wish to do any creative projects in lifePlease please read it if you are looking for a mystic creativity mentorPlease please please read it if you are a suffering creative You don t have to suffer to be creativeAll I know is that this book is oing to be my long term companion Thank you Liz this book found me in just the perfect moment It has irritated needled stroked and cajoled my ideas about my own creative process But than anything it has been the kick in the pants I needed to Every Boys Dream get back to work I am endlesslyrateful to have read it and am adding it to my read regularly list along with Richard Bach s Illusion and Steven Pressfield s The War of Ar. Mysterious nature of inspiration She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let o of needless suffering She shows us how to tackle what we most love and how to face down what we most fear. ,
T humble brag of Eat Pray Love s successAs a creative I was hoping to learn about the tactics she used to overcome her fears and push her work through the industry Maybe I had the wrong expectations for this book I ve always enjoyed to do type books to inspire me to et moving on A Succession of Bad Days goals This is not one of those books I ve read several books by this author and adored them but came away from this book feeling strangely untouched by itI think Iet the message ie drop the fear and allow yourself to be as creative as you want to be I understand why this is important to the author and can also understand why it is important to many peopleAs a book though I thought it was unnecessary to write The message is very short and clear with not enough to fill a book without lots of repetition I tried to find something substantial and practical that can be taken away to put into practice and there is very little of thatI still love the author practice and there is very little of thatI still love the author fact her latest novel is one of her current favourite recommendations but this one was not a hit with me I thoroughly enjoyed this book It posed many uestions for me for my own future and also taught me to be playful
and trusting with my creativity in the process of figuring it all out I would recommend to any other creativestrusting with my creativity in the process of figuring it all out I would recommend to any other creatives there Talk about receiving the right message at the right time Wow Big Magic is one of the most honest discussions about the creative process that I ve ever read Gilbert strikes a playful and conversational tone but make no mistake this is all straight talk Her no BS attitude helps do away with the unrealistic expectations and unnecessary melodrama attached to the concept of creative living like how she so expertly pish poshes the tormented artist ideal And in its place she asks all people who feel called to create writers painters musicians ice skaters WHATEVER to uietly and joyfully accept their creative inclinations and ideas as ifts from the universe She reminds them to approach their creativity with curiosity and openness with playfulness and joy even when it s tough even when there is no Pulitzer no bestseller list no Olympic medal no call from the Met Own that creativity she encourages Also stay light with itThis was the message I apparently desperately needed to hear I m a stay at home mom with three young children And when people ask me what I do that is what I always tell them But that isn t what I want to tell them What I want to tell them what I want to shout from the rooftops in fact is that I want to shout from the rooftops in fact is that m a writer Sure barely anyone reads what I write I ve never been published and it probably oes without saying that I ve never been paid for a single sentence In other words no one really ets anything out of my work but me But I love it straight up So I keep writing regardlessYet it feels weird to declare yourself A Something when th. Uthor digs deep into her own enerative process to share her wisdom and uniue perspective about creativity With profound empathy and radiant enerosity she offers potent insights into the. .