The Book Basket | BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear

I never thought I would be the one to A. read 10 books in a year and B. start a blog series about them?! But here goes nothing! After setting a goal for my 2018 self to read 10 books (and smashing that goal) I thought it was time some of my favourite reads. Disclaimer; my current favourite genre is anything fairly positive, uplifting and even delving into the spiritual world. Every so often The Book Basket will serve you with not only my favourite reads but a somewhat solid overview to help you decide if this could be the book for you.

BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert


Nuggets of wisdom

You’re the baby | In recent years I made the choice to surrender to creativity, accepting the fact that I am just a humble “worker” for creativity - when reading Big Magic it basically read my mind, sharing the idea that no matter what project we start - we don’t nuture that project, idea or artwork, it nurtures us. Each project we take on helps us grow and evolve.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job | Coming from the experience of trying my hand at full-time creativity, Elizabeth Gilbert shares VERY interesting and valid points on turning your passion into your job and how we can very much run the risk of driving ourselves into anxiety, resentment, DEBT and even quit creating all together by putting pressure on your passion to serve you financially.

The One | One of my favourite stories from Big Magic, tells how inspiration is in fact an entity of it’s own that comes and goes from person to person as it pleases. We have no control over inspiration - other than the fact that we either acknowledge the idea when inspiration visits or it will move on to the next and possibly “right” person.


Big Magic, written by Elizabeth Gilbert, celebrates creativity in its many forms. Speaking specifically to creatives (but most likely extending to general areas in life), I personally see creative life like surfing, apart from the fact I am terrible at surfing, creative life for me, from the get-go has been a constant ride of waves - Elizabeth Gilbert speaks directly to the waves of creativity - as she goes into creating and living beyond fear, highlighting areas we face such as, dealing with rejection (and celebrating it), creative dips/lulls, FINANCE in a creative life and persistence. One of the first books I read in my 2018 literary marathon and easily still one of my favourites. Big Magic had me getting up early, bubbling and excited and in time also helped me face rejection A LOT easier.


“You may know this feeling. It’s the feeling you get when you’ve made something wonderful, or done something wonderful, and when you look back at it later, all you can say is “I don’t even know where that came from.” You can’t repeat it. You can’t explain it. But it felt as if you were being guided.”

“Holding yourself together through all phases of creation is where the real magic lies.”

“Don’t let go of your courage the moment things stop being easy or rewarding. Because that moment? That’s the moment when interesting begins.”

Who would this serve

Written by a creative for creatives - Big Magic is written in the creative language. I truly believe this book would serve any creative who believes their creativity is a force of nature, and something much larger than themselves. 

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