BOOK // Big Magic

I started this book a while back and it’s taken me a while to get through. It’s written by Elizabeth Gilbert (everyone knows Eat, Pray, Love) and to be honest, I bought it because I loved the cover. It’s colourful and grabbed my attention. This book would definitely light up my mind, I figured.

At first it seemed to be stating the obvious, saying that being creative is scary especially if you’re basing your livelihood on it, and reiterating things that I’d already thought about. So I didn’t touch it down for a few months. But then, for whatever reason (the sweet cover probably) I picked it up again months later. I’ve been reading through it a few pages at a time, usually in the morning before work. What I found were 3 profound ideas that resonated with me that I had not thought about before.

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“One of the best descriptions I’ve ever heard of this phenomenon-that is, of ideas entering and exiting the human consciousness at whim-came from the wonderful American poet Ruth Stone. […] She told me that when she was a child growing up on a farm in rural Virginia, she would be out working in the field when she would sometimes hear a poem coming toward her-hear it rushing across the landscape at her, like a galloping horse. Whenever this happened, she knew exactly what she had to do next: She would “run like hell” toward the house, trying to stay ahead of the poem, hoping to get to a piece of paper and a pencil fast enough to catch it.”

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“It has taken me years to learn this, but it doe seem to be the case that if I am not actively creating something, then I am probably actively destroying something (myself, a relationship, or my own peace of mind).”

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“If you’re going to live your life based on delusions (and you are, because we all do), then why not at least select a delusion that is helpful? Allow me to suggest this one: The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.”