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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 01 edition (22 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408866757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408866757
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
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If a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her . Gilbert's prose is fuelled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible, and makes the reader only too glad to join the posse of friends and devotees who have the pleasure of listening in (Jennifer Egan, New York Times Book Review)

A writer of incandescent talent (Annie Proulx)

Gilbert dares us into adventures of worldly discovery (Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times Book Review)

Sumptuous ... Gilbert's prose is by turns flinty, funny, and incandescent (New Yorker)

Readers prepared to enter Gilbert Time will be rewarded: she is an unflaggingly curious writer, prone to delightful touches (Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times)

Smart but unpretentious, funny, warm, and generous . By the end of one of her books, you feel as if she is your friend, too (San Francisco Chronicle)

Charming . Her tone is relentlessly endearing. It's like talking to your hippy-est friend, the one who never turns up at the right bar but always makes you feel great once she's got there . Some great stuff about the power of ideas themselves, about how utterly useless emotions such as fear are when trying to do anything creative, and why we all have a right to live creatively (The Debrief)

Gilbert writes about enchantment and wonder, but her feet are always firmly on the ground .Eminently practical . Witty and self-aware, she never urges her readers to just follow their dreams or to believe that they can't fail, or any of the usual platitudes often thrown at people with creative ambitions . It's all very refreshing . In almost every section of Big Magic I found something that rang perfectly true to my situation, something that helped me to view my work and creative stumbling blocks in a new and more productive way . Whether you're worried about getting started, burning out, making money, failing or even succeeding, there is something in this book that will speak to you (Irish Times)

Gilbert offers powerful insights into the mysterious nature of creativity, and she delivers the vibrant message that we can all find, and create, magic (Veggie)

Doing that [Turning fear into a positive force in your life] starts simply by acknowledging that having fear isn't the same as letting it control you. In her book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert describes this brilliantly, explaining that living life healthily alongside fear is like taking it on a road trip (Top Sante Health and Beauty)

I was feeling fragile about quite a few exciting projects that were up in the air. This book, which is all about creativity, helped me recognise anxiety is just part of the creative process, which made me much more accepting of the way I was feeling. Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love - she's so open and makes me laugh. I buy this for loved ones and recommend it to clients and students who I think will find it inspiring (Eve Menezes Cunningham Fit & Well)

Absurdly comforting (Mslexia)

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'[Listeners] prepared to enter Gilbert Time will be rewarded: she is an unflaggingly curious writer, prone to delightful touches.' (The Sunday Times)

'Sumptuous ... Gilbert's prose is by turns flinty, funny, and incandescent.' (The New Yorker)

'Gilbert dares us into adventures of worldly discovery.' (The New York Times Book Review)

'Smart but unpretentious, funny, warm, and generous. By the end of one of her books, you feel as if she is your friend, too.' (San Francisco Chronicle)

'If a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her. Gilbert's prose is fuelled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible, and makes the [listener] only too glad to join the posse of friends and devotees who have the pleasure of listening in.' (The New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I thought this book a little light on substance to begin with. Nice stories, perfectly pleasant; but then, as some of them end, they become little parables to carry with you through life and they really do add some meaning to it all. I am torn between reading it over again immediately or going off to make something...anything. Which is rather the point, beautifully made.
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I completely adored this book from cover to cover! The way Elizabeth writes it just so colourful and captivating. Definitely recommend for all you curious creatives out there.
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Really enjoyed this insight into and musing on creativity and all that goes with it. Now time to get on with my own creativity...
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Fantastic! Everyone should read it!
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Incredible narrative - totally immersed in itftom start to finish - inspiring and super helpful
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Elizabeth Gilbert as thought-provoking and insightful as always.
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I didnt read much books in the past. Started reading some self development books, because I couldnt finish any project.
Couldnt seat my ass down and work to the end. I didn't want to just exist so I started searching for help.

I knew music is my home, its something i want to do, and will do forever.
I also never expected of music to pay my bills, i have job, im a plumpber and bathroom fitter, so no problems with paying bills, travel, and buying studio gear.
When i started reading this book, everything fell into places, answers to all my questions what I been seeking for so long like a blind child in the fog, has been just given to me.

I've eaten that book, word by word, with such excitement.

My progress is skyrocketing high,
I doing just like you said: " better done, than good"!!
I finishing projects, practicing and practicing, and I doing each project to the end finally, and they're better and better!

Also started treating my creativity like meetings with my lover. I taking shower, shave, dress well, even apply my Chanel Bleu, sitting to cleaned desk, and saying:
Hi my dear, how are you? you look so gorgeous...lets do something amazing tonight, lets just fly!
Come on my sexy beautiful secret little thing, have my hands, have my fingers, lets play together, surprise me.

Also that tip that I dont need to be a genius, that helped me the most. Not expecting from myself that I need to be the best took so much weight off my shoulders.
Thinking that I need to be genius, that i need to be the best was just discourage from working and progressing.
Now I have completely different approach. Im free now, i have peace of mind and I creating with joy, not with pain.

Thanks Mrs Gilbert ;)
Sim. Xx
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Brilliant book, a must for all creative types struggling with being productive, trusting their instincts and wondering what happened to their muse. I love Liz's chatty style and common sense attitude, mixed with a little sparkle and fairy dust. I bought it myself on Kindle and loved it so much I sent one to my daughter - she loved it too and is now planning to write a children's book.

Go on - treat yourself, it's a breath of creative fresh air!
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