Big Magic. Is there anything else I need to say? This book has probably lined your Instagram feed for weeks now, being touted by all the creatives you know and love. I had planned to read this when I was in Milwaukee a few weeks ago, but I was too busy drinking wine for that to happen. I finally decided to pick it up last weekend. This was a really quick read for me - I felt inspired to keep reading because I wanted to know what Gilbert was going to say next.
I enjoyed many of Gilbert's points about creativity. Her idea that we should create without expectation really resonated with me because all too often, especially as we all are sharing our work on social media on a daily basis, I feel pressure to create for the masses. Creativity isn't about what others think though, as hard as that feels. Wanting to be published and wanting to be popular are normal, but Gilbert basically says that you should cut that shit out and just do it for you. Create something dumb, stupid, bad or something genius - it doesn't really matter, just keep creating.
Some reviews I've read about the book didn't like the name-dropping in this book, but I didn't feel it overwhelmed her story. The only thing I didn't really love about this book was the way Gilbert equated creativity with spirituality, but I think this is probably expected from the lady who wrote Eat, Pray, Love, right?
If you struggle with creativity or comparison, this book is definitely for you. I read it in less than 24 hours. Or hey! This would make an excellent holiday gift for the ladies in your life!
Did you read Big Magic? Is it on your list? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.