Hey there, bookworms!
Welcome to my virtual book club discussion, featuring none other than the delightful masterpiece called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert! Get ready to dive into this literary gem, and when you’re done, join me in the comments section for some discussions. Feel free to tackle any of the discussion questions or simply spill the beans on what you thought about the book. No pressure, no deadlines—just a bit of fun!
To quickly recap Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, was written by none other than the fabulous Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the beloved Eat, Pray, Love. The movie was rubbish but the book was hugely popular.
Now, when I first stepped into the world of being a celebrant, I never really considered myself as a “creative” type. But as time went on, I realised that’s exactly what I am, and now I wear that badge with pride.
But here’s the thing, my friends: Gilbert’s words of wisdom are not just for us celebrants or self-proclaimed creatives. No, no! They’re for every single soul out there. Her main message boils down to this: living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.
Now, let’s get down to business. I bet some chapters of this book hit you right in the feels while others left you scratching your head a bit. The book is split into six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust, and Divinity.
If you’re on a quest to uncover your hidden creative mojo, the Courage section probably resonated with you the most. But if you’ve been hustling on your creative journey for ages, the Persistence and Trust sections might have been just the perspective you needed.
Hopefully, there was something for everyone in this book. Let’s find out.
A good-enough novel violently written now is better than a perfect novel meticulously written never
Let that sink in for a moment. It’s a powerful reminder that perfection isn’t the end-all, be-all. Sometimes, getting things done and checking them off our list is way more important than obsessing over every tiny detail. So, let’s embrace this mantra, my friend, and let our imperfect but completed tasks rule the day. Done and dusted is a victory in itself!
Q. Do you struggle with perfectionism? When is this a good trait, and when does it get in the way?
We all spend our twenties and thirties trying to be perfect, because we’re so worried about what people will think of us. Then we get into our forties and fifties, and we finally start to be free, because we decide that we don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of us. But you won’t be completely free until you reach your sixties and seventies, when you finally realize this liberating truth—nobody was ever thinking about you, anyhow.
Q. Do you think it’s true that we tend to give fewer hoots about what others think of us? Do we really have to wait until we hit our golden years to break free from the shackles of caring too much about people’s opinions?
There is no time or space where inspiration comes from—and also no competition, no ego, no limitations.Page 63
Gilbert moved on from the “loss” of her novel to Ann Patchett. Shortly after, Gilbert talks about the idea of multiple discovery, where people in different places arrive at the same idea or discovery at roughly the same time.
Q: When you see someone release something into the world that you’ve been thinking about doing yourself, what’s your immediate reaction? Does the work you’ve already done feel wasted?
I’d slap a solid four stars on this book, no doubt about it. Sure, there were some wonky worldviews that I could have done without, but overall, Elizabeth Gilbert’s insights and inspirations on embracing a creative life hit the mark.
How many stars would you give this book?
And what will your next creative endeavour be?
If you had a good time reading this review, why not take a peek at the other books I’ve reviewed? There’s a lot more where that came from!