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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 6 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 Sept. 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B012Y8IXNG
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Some more rationality-loving readers might find the beginning of the book a little “out there” as Gilbert attempts to make sense of how creativity works in her own life. The theory that ideas are floating around in the universe looking for an owner was a big stretch for me, and the anecdote involving Ann Patchett is something I, personally, would file under “extraordinary coincidence.” Despite this, Gilbert’s endearing and self-effacing writing style means she comes across as passionate without being dogmatic, and encouraging without being pretentious.
Although the first couple of sections read more like magical realism, the rest of the book is down-to-earth and sensible, packed with valuable insights, suggestions and advice. Topics she covers include self-ownership (taking responsibility for your creative life), education vs. experience, commitment, not needing a permission slip, dealing with other people’s judgements and opinions and how to "follow your passion” when you have no clue what your passion is.
She also tackles pervasive creativity-related myths, such as those of the impoverished artist and the tortured artist. Rather than leaving our creative fate in the hands of the universe, Gilbert’s message is clear: stop complaining, show up, don’t wait for permission, and avoid getting distracted by things like discussions about high art vs. low art.
In other words, just focus on creating—and enjoy it.
A disappointing book.
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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...Published 14 days ago by Amelia Calvert
Very god book. So inspirational. I wI'm you reccomend this to everyone :)Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Incredible narrative - totally immersed in itftom start to finish - inspiring and super helpfulPublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
wonderfully written and with content that speaks to my soul. Elizabeth simply and beautifully gives you permission to fall in love with your creativity and have fun with it. Read morePublished 20 days ago by The Art of Sparkle
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. Read more
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.Published 26 days ago by Kait
Brilliant book, a must for all creative types struggling with being productive, trusting their instincts and wondering what happened to their muse. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emmy L Yeadon