Big Magic is the perfect book for anyone struggling with their own creative outlet. It is even more prefect for anyone missing one from their lives altogether! This book tells of trusting in creativity and pursuing it for you. I've already talked about doing things for you so I was hooked. She tells of all the great pleasure that comes from a creative outlet regardless of your ability or whether or not you'll make a living from it. The simple joy of creating is all you need.
It is never to late to start doing more of what you love because it makes you happy. It may not gain you riches but if you love doing it, do it! You don't need others validation of what you're doing you should just pick up a pencil and draw or join a class and start dancing. Just do it! It will bring so much satisfaction into your life.
I got recommended this book by my wife after she devoured it in two days. I'll be honest and say my wife has recommended most of the books I've read. However, given she studied English she is my live in authority on all things books!
Similar to Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which was the last book club, Elizabeth Gilbert talks entirely from experience. I love this. Honesty is always the best policy in my books and I love reading it. Her honesty is best when she is talking about her writing on the bad days. She admits that living a creative life isn't easy, it takes a lot of hard work but that makes it even more rewarding.
Elizabeth Gilbert has great story telling ability in her writing. She recounts sever different stories of people she knows and has met over the years but the one that stood out for me the most was about a 90 year old woman. Elizabeth met her and got to ask what she had learned in her life that had the greatest effect on her. She replied that when she was 80 years old she started reading about ancient Mesopotamia and it really changed her life. It fascinated her so she devoured all information available on it. She travelled at great lengths to find out all she could. At 80 years old! And to boot she is now a leading expert in the field so people seek her out! I think that's just incredible.
I haven't read Eat Pray Love but it gets several mentions and it is definitely going on my to read list. If anyone has read Eat Pray Love please let me know how it is!
So please read Big Magic, it will teach you why you should pursue a creative outlet and why that is such a great thing to do.
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For the next book club I'm going to take a turn back to the world of fiction and read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Again I have not seen the movie which I always prefer when reading a new book. This isn't the normal thing I would read either, I don't know if I've ever read a thriller novel so I'm excited. And I would love for you to join me!