Book Club – Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Ever since reading A Game of Thrones in 2015, I have been wanting to start “Book Club” posts. These posts will be more my personal review of the books that I am reading, and once I get into the habit of writing them, I will probably write one book club post every two months, or every month, depending on the feedback. I will also post on my Facebook page, which book will be under discussion before the post is published, so if you wish, you can read that book at the same time I am, and we can discuss it.

Do you have the courage? Do you have the courage to bring forth this work? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.” – Big Magic, pg 7

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Big Magic has been on my to-read list for ages. I think I first saw the book when I was still living in Melbourne, but for some reason, I didn’t buy it. However, I finally bought the ebook once I moved to New Zealand, and my only regret is not reading it sooner.
I have never read any of Elizabeth Gilbert’s books before Big Magic, I hadn’t even read Eat, Pray, Love at the point of reading this book, so I didn’t realise just how powerful of a writer she is. Big Magic had me instantly hooked, to the point it was hard to put down.

Big Magic is all about “living creatively”, and grasping the full potential of ones creativity. As an artist, this is probably the reason I was so drawn to the book. However, this book isn’t just for artists, musicians, and creators alike; it is for every person and their own spark of creativity. In fact, the book starts with defining creativity as “the relationship between a  human being and the mysteries of of inspiration“.

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Gilbert separates the process of following inspiration into 6 sections, or steps – Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust, and Divinity. With each step, she uses narratives from her own life, and the others around her, to demonstrate how to be able to follow inspiration and get over the fear that usually goes hand-in-hand with it. Gilbert explains how creativity cannot exist without fear, and that instead of fighting it, we should work with it to be able to conquer it.

As an artist, and someone who is always creating in one way or another, I have definitely been subject to not trusting my own ability, and this book has been an amazing help. Every time I start thinking about certain fears when following inspiration, I will follow Gilbert’s advice and let that fear take the back seat, but still come along.

For anyone who is struggling with inspiration, anyone who likes to create, or anyone just generally curious about how to live creatively, this book is a brilliant starting point for advice. When struggling to rekindle my passion for art after university and heartbreak, it was this book, and Gilbert’s writing, that helped me refuel that passion.
Big Magic has taught me how to work with my fear in my creative works, how to work with the inspiration I find, how to trust in myself, and how important creating art is to me, and how to continue that process.

I would recommend this book to everyone, even if you aren’t a creative type. This book will definitely help you work with the inspiration you find in your life, and help you to grasp the full-potential that inspiration holds…

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I know this probably isn’t the best review, and I am sorry for that, but I do hope you liked it anyway…
My next book club post will be up in May… and it will be for A Court of Wings and Ruin, or rather the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, because let’s be honest, I will honestly try to finish that in 2 days flat, as I love Sarah. J. Maas’ writing so damn much.

Hope you all have a lovely week
Chelsea


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