Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us ho...

Details Big Magic

TitleBig Magic
Release DateSep 22nd, 2015
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Language, Writing, Audiobook

Reviews Big Magic

  • Ariel
    I appreciate and respect Elizabeth Gilbert's attempt to inspire creativity, and can fully see why people could love this and take a lot away from it.. but there were too many fundamental things that I disagreed with/thought were done poorly for me.1) Creativity as a type of religion: I don't know if "religion" is the right word here, but Gilbert's spiritualization of creativity is saturated in this book. She talks about our need to think of creat...
  • Lorilin
    Talk about receiving the right message at the right time. Wow. Big Magic is one of the most honest discussions about the creative process that I’ve ever read. Gilbert strikes a playful and conversational tone, but make no mistake, this is all straight talk. Her no BS attitude helps do away with the unrealistic expectations and unnecessary melodrama attached to the concept of “creative living” (like how she so expertly pish poshes the tormen...
  • Darth J
    Preach, Vain, SnoreYou know, I didn't enter into this as a "hate-read", despite being such a cynic. I don't like to waste my time and money on things just to have something to snark at (I can already hear the snickering in the audience as I write that). You see, with any of these advice books I actually want to learn something useful; that's the whole reason why I would pick it up in the first place. Despite being utterly let down with her previo...
  • Chris Blocker
    Is it mere coincidence that BIG is synonymous with FAT and that MAGIC is one of those oblique words difficult to put your finger on, like CHANCE? Because I think that's a better title for this book: Fat Chance. That's the message here: you're gonna fail, you big loser! Where's the big magic in that?I get it, some artists are confused about the outcomes or reasons for pursuing creative ventures. It's true, most of us are going to fail and fail aga...
  • Diane
    Thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert, for writing this much-needed book on creativity. It was practical, helpful, comforting and inspiring. I know it will be a book I recommend over and over again to writer and artist friends, and anyone else who wants to live a more creative life.I've been struggling for a week over this review, and I'm still a bit overwhelmed. Sometimes books are so powerful that trying to cobble together a few paragraphs about them se...
  • Debbie
    Favorite Book of the YearWhere to start? This book knocked my socks off. Which is pretty strange given that I’ve always been a die-hard cynic (with really tight socks). I’ve always rolled my eyes at spirituality and snidely called it woo woo (now I murmur woo woo with affection). And self-help? Please! I don’t need some pompous asshole telling me how to live right, okay? And I wasn’t a fan of Eat, Pray, Love. What a lot of strikes against...
  • Elyse
    The message is...."we are all inherently creative". Elizabeth Gilbert says..."Be an artist. Create for the sake of creating". "Because creative living is where the Big Magic will always be". And we paid money for this enlightening information. It's kinda funny to me... how such an average book, by an average writer, ( acknowledges herself that her ideas won't resonate with everyone), is such a huge success ---and by that I mean 'money-in-the-bank...
  • Iris P
    Ok so with a little more than 16 hours to end the year, my mind has been officially blown away by Ms.Elizabeth Gilbert, wow! I am the more surprised because I utterly and unequivocally loathe the "self-help" book category. But what a rewarding reading experience to close what was already a fantastic year in books for me!Listening to Gilbert's narrate Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear was delightful, she has the most lovely voice and is an ex...
  • Rebecca Foster
    With her new book, Gilbert sets herself up as a layman’s creativity guru much like Anne Lamott does with Bird by Bird or Stephen King with On Writing. This is based on Gilbert’s TED talks, and it reads very much like a self-help pep talk, with short chapters, lots of anecdotes, and buzz words to latch onto.Here’s a taste of some of Gilbert’s main ideas:• Forget about entitlement; “You do not need anybody’s permission to live a cre...
  • Cole
    I underlined something on nearly every page, and my margin notes look like this:YES YES YES YES YES YES.I haven't loved everything Gilbert has ever written, but this is one of those books that came into my life at the perfect moment. I say this often (usually about every book I read and enjoy), but I want everyone I love to read this book.
  • Debbie
    Wow! I loved this book, and think it's one of the most important I've ever read. I'm one of those who thought I missed the creative gene. That people were just born creative... not true! Gilbert explains how curiosity leads to ideas, and when ideas are paid attention to, true magic can happen. She says, " The idea will organize coincidences and portents to tumble across your path, to keep your interest keen... everything you see and touch and do ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I have enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's TED talks on creativity, more than her books, so I was happy to see her write a book on the topic she seems to think about a lot. Within this book itself she admits that she is writing it in order to explore what she thinks about creativity. The book seems to be similar to one of those gift books you get when you graduate with highscho...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video featuring this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.
  • Julie Christine
    There could not have been a better time to read Big Magic than in the fraught and anxious, giddy and surreal days before launching my first novel. Gilbert's words soothed and grounded me, took me out of the uncomfortable, jangly headspace of self-promotion and back into the embrace of what it means to be a creative person, why I set forth on this path in the first place. Fear is boring. Yes. This. I spent forty-one years (okay, maybe thirty-five;...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    I think I'm in love with Elizabeth Gilbert.
  • Inge
    Words will probably never be able to describe the beauty that is Big Magic. People have fawned over it high and low, but it’s one of those things you just need to experience for yourself. Whether you’re a writer, a painter, a quilter, a pottery-maker, a dancer, a singer, a circus artist, or anything else that could be considered even remotely creative, you need to pick up this book. You need to read it carefully, slowly, fully, and let it see...
  • Marina
    I decided not to finish this book at about 50% mostly because the level of bullshit reached astronomic proportions; the final straw was Gilbert saying the writing and art are the most useless jobs in the world and hold no merit compared to jobs that actually benefit society. ... and she isn't joking or being ironic. This is a New York Times best selling-author telling me that writing is useless, thankless job. I wonder if she laughed as she typed...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    I had high hopes for Big Magic and during the first thirty pages or so, I thought those expectations would be met but unfortunately, as I read on, it just wasn't for me. I didn't personally agree with some of the ideas this book portrayed and Elizabeth Gilbert's voice and ideas just ended up not really resonating with me. I wasn't a fan of the constant name dropping and her idea that art isn't important, necessary or life saving. For example, she...
  • VictoriaNickers
    Basically all the good advise you have ever heard on becoming a productive creative person all in one book. A creative living guide to life by following your happiness. This is definitely a self-help book. It was written for perfectionists and anxiety driven people (like me) and a reality check for everyone else on how to accomplish anything and everything in life. Yes, there is no earth shattering advise in this book. It is mostly common sense. ...
  • Faroukh Naseem
    Please get ready for a lot of name dropping and "I believe's..."“Because the truth is, I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment—not entirely human in its origins.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic#theguywiththebookreview presents: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.This is a self-help/motivation book and EG makes sure you know it is, on every single page.She makes sure she tells you exactly how she 'Humbly disagrees' with an opini...
  • Erin
    I won this as an ARC in a goodreads giveaway and I appreciate the opportunity to read it in advance of release. However, sad to say, it's very disappointing, and I loved "Eat, Pray, Love." This book is pretty bad. Two stars is generous. It's just very cheesy from the beginning. There is no real science or logic to the book. It's just Gilbert's ramblings, page after page, ad nauseam, about creativity. The book is really just her writing history, h...
  • Dannii Elle
    I think I just found my bible.
  • Irena
    I was in a reading slump, and no fictional novel helped.No matter how many times I grabbed a book that sounded interesting, even my to-be-reviewed pile didn't help. In matter of fact, it just got things worse, because everytime I looked at it, I felt like not wanting to read. Period.That's when I grabbed Big Magic.And it worked, in a way...I would probably read it in one day, if I didn't start it in the evening.But... as soon as I finished it, my...
  • Jennifer
    When I heard Elizabeth Gilbert had a new book out, I had no intention of reading it. Back in the day, I read "Eat, Pray, Love" and had some big issues with it. I haven't read any of Gilbert's work since. Yet, I kept seeing this book *everywhere*. It was like the Sirens composed a new song about this book at kept singing about it trying to lure me in. I caved. Or, maybe you could say that the Big Magic found me. Instead of representing a voice I w...
  • Rincey
    This is basically like one, long TED talk (which makes sense since I think it was inspired by her TED talks). This gets super hippy dippy and cheesy, but there is a lot of guidance, too, about dealing with creativity and making things without the fear of it being perfect or being "successful" or redefining what success is and where you can learn and get inspired and how to deal with that. It is a really fast read, nothing in here is necessarily g...
  • Julie Ehlers
    This is the book on creativity that's somehow never been written before, but now that it has, it's obvious that it's the one we've been needing all this time. There's nothing intimidating or prescriptive about Big Magic--it's just your friend Liz, effortlessly cutting through all of the negativity (fear, insecurity) we tend to hang on our creative desires, and replacing it with pure joy and enthusiasm. A mix of matter-of-fact advice and mystical ...
  • Candi Sary
    I entered a Goodreads giveaway to win an advanced copy of Big Magic. I really wanted to read it. Every time I came across an inspiring quote from the book on Instagram, I wished I could get my hands on it, and I kept telling my husband how much I wanted this book. When I learned I was one of 25 winners out of 2400 entries, it felt like I got a little taste of "big magic" before I even opened the book! With such high expectations, Big Magic did no...
  • madamereadsalot
    I would recommend Big Magic everyone who struggles with questions to their creative work like: Bit am I good enough? Am I allowed to create? Will I be successful? Do I need to be successful? Will people criticise my work? Will I be able to handle critique? What qualities does one have to possess to call themselves an artist? These and more questions are answered and put things into a more relaxed point of view. The advice can be put to use in eve...
  • Angela
    This wasn't for me.