Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear • Elizabeth Gilbert

“Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy.”-Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Gilbert hit quite a few notes with me while reading this book. I consistently found myself nodding at such relatable tales and enjoying how inspiring and unique this novel truly is.

Reading about her trials and the persistence she had while looking to get published for the first time was eye-opening.

The act of taking one rejection letter and turning it into a positive, by sending it somewhere new immediately following, is a trait that I have yet to acquire.

Using unabashed truth paired with witty and humorous stories, she digs deep into each of our inner beings to point out the biggest thing holding ourselves back from achieving creative success: our fears.

Whether of failure, fear of not being good enough, or discovering you have no talent, Gilbert brings out in each of us the courage to chase after our dreams and not let inspiration slip through our fingers.

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Big Magic has immensely helped propel me forward in my attempt to teach myself graphic design and launch this blog.


Particularly, I made notes to myself while reading pages 101-114, where she discussed the necessity of school for creative arts. At that moment, I knew I was holding myself back for someone to give me permission to go after my aspirations or to tell me I was good enough.

Gilbert has given me more of a backbone for realizing I have a right to create without needing affirmations.

I no longer feel the need to have certification to prove I have the abilities. All along I’ve had creativity within me just waiting to burst out, yet I held myself back because of fear.

Another chapter that truly struck a chord with me was where she talked about perfectionism. It is the main reason why I decided to launch this blog, though not quite finished, as “good enough” to finally put out into the universe. Big Magic opened my eyes to the fact that sometimes you need to let projects go and be happy with it for what it is.

Have you read Big Magic? What were your thoughts?

“Done is better than good.”-Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

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