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Now playing in my Audible library: Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

Liz (I call her Liz) says a whole bunch of the things Steven Pressfield said in his wonderful The War of Art, but I vastly prefer the way she says them. Pressfield uses a lot of sports and war metaphors that don't resonate much with me. Liz, as you might expect from the author of a book called Eat, Pray, Love, has a more spiritual and nurturing approach.

But they both talk about creativity and fear, and they both have a primarily writerly bias, so they're both inspiring to me in their ways.

Liz, more than Pressfield, focuses on creative self-expression no matter what. She specifically does not talk about "winning". Her anecdotes don't end in, "and then she won a Pulitzer," but rather in, "and then she was happy".

Both of them embrace a concept of inspiration as a real, living thing, existing independently outside of us, and interacting with us. I like that. For Pressfield it's the Muse; for Liz, "ideas". Pressfield sidles up to the metaphysical in a slightly embarrassed way, whereas Liz has it right in her book title: Magic.

Big Magic is read (wonderfully) by the author. It runs about five hours. It's fantastic for me as a writer. I'd think it would be inspiring to anyone who makes anything for any purpose.

Date: 2015-09-28 09:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cookiemom6067
This feels very timely to me. I have been feeling very creatively constrained. As soon as I contemplate putting myself forward creatively, I can immediately feel the fear rise to quash that creative impulse before it buds.
Edited Date: 2015-09-28 09:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-12-05 12:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tehomet
Thanks for this review. I'm now resolved to get a copy of this book as my Christmas present to myself. :)

Date: 2015-12-15 11:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tehomet
I bought it yesterday and am enjoying it! Thanks so much for the idea.

Happy Christmas to you too! :)

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