Big Magic was the kind of book that I rushed out immediately to buy. Like during my lunch break on the day it came out kind of rush. I've loved Elizabeth Gilbert's past works and was incredibly excited to dive into her idea of creative thinking. For those who may not know, I'm a huge non-fiction/short story gal. If you're writing about your life/experiences well sign me up! You've already managed to get one reader under your belt here. ;)
Now, Big Magic wasn't at all what I was expecting if I'm being honest. I assumed it would be more of a step by step guide through Gilbert's creative process and in some ways it was. But the overall theme of the book, in my mind at least, was more of a "it doesn't matter what you do creatively, just DO something!" And I love that. I ate it up page after page till I reached the very end.
I felt that Gilbert's ideas throughout this book were so inspiring because she wasn't trying to tell anyone exactly how to be creative. She stressed many times that the creative gene already lies within all of us, we just need to tap into it. Which is an inspiring idea all on its own because we're taught a lot of times growing up that you're either creative or you're not. You have the arts in you or you're just not gifted in that way. And it's a shame really because those creative tendencies should be fostered in all of us at every stage in our lives.
Have you read Big Magic yet? What did you think about it?