“Creativity is a crushing chore and a glorious mystery, The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.”
From one of the most iconic writers of our age, and the source of inspiration to millions of readers worldwide on living a bold and authentic life, comes a new book on creativity: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, to be published in September 2015.
Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the memoir Eat Pray Love, which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, been translated into 46 languages, and been adapted into a major feature film. Her story continues to be an inspiration to readers everywhere: her TED talk has over 8 million views, which ranks among the top 20 most viewed talks of all time.
Whether touring the world, fielding thousands of letters and questions or talking to her readers on social media, Gilbert has witnessed how universal the struggle is for individuals to feel authentic and inspired; how challenging it is to find the courage and strength to lead a creative life; and how stuck so many people feel in their jobs, relationships, and above all, within themselves. In Big Magic, Gilbert digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective.
With profound empathy and generosity, she offers powerful insights into the mysterious nature of creativity. She invites readers to embrace curiosity and to let go of needless suffering. Balancing spirituality and pragmatism, she discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits that allow the most creative life possible. Exuding all the humour, big-heartedness, vulnerability and wisdom that have won Gilbert her multitudes of devoted fans, she delivers a vibrant message on how anyone can find – and make – Big Magic.
About the Contributor
Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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