Big Magic ~ Creative Living Beyond Fear December 17, 2015Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Magick & Mystery, Writing & Writers.
In Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) addresses some of the challenges people face when creating.
In my words, not hers:
Don’t let fear of being rejected, ridiculed, or misunderstood stand in your way . . . you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Create for yourself.
When ideas come to you, you can grab them and express them to the world as part of your portfolio . . . or let them drift off into the ether. If you drop the ball, the Universe will toss it to someone else because ideas want to be expressed.
When you feel inspiration tugging on your sleeve, be curious and follow it to see where it leads. Curiosity and Creativity are congenial companions.
You don’t need a signed permission slip to live a creative life or attend a fancy ball dressed as the Court Lobster.
You don’t have to be original to be authentic. Share whatever you care to share.
It is not your job to save the world through your creativity . . . it is your job to express yourself to the world.
Sometimes the well runs dry . . . and sometimes “inspiration arrives, out of a clear blue sky.”
Some ideas arrive in full regalia, ready for transcription. Other ideas require a bit a coaxing before coming into being.
What you write, paint, sculpt, cook, or sing doesn’t have to be important. It can be silly, amusing, confusing, or whatever. Do what you do because you enjoy doing it.
When you feel genuine enjoyment while creating, you win, no matter what happens with your work “out there.”
You don’t need a professional degree or fancy credentials to create beautiful art. Just do your thing.
People aren’t thinking about you, they are thinking about themselves . . . so do what you want to do.
Don’t strive for perfection . . . good enough is good enough.
Aah . . . that’s better!
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert,