Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Big Magic is the best self-help book I have ever read. Truly. Learning about how creativity works both in terms of the process and the essence of being creative itself has always amazed me and I couldn’t find anyone who put it into better words than Elizabeth Gilbert. Her book is separated into six parts : courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, divinity. These six parts all share a common pattern of decortication of the essential characteristics of creativity, outlining at the same time the obstacles and hurdles that can be encountered not necessarily because being creative is hard but essentially because it is misunderstood. I have never seen an author so passionate about demonstrating to readers why it is so important to cultivate what she describes as “stubborn gladness” or the idea of constantly pursuing wonder and chasing our own curiosity, whatever comes in our way. Her motto is undoubtedly…

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