Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Summary

Elizabeth Gilbert
- 2015
This book is good to read when you feel happy, excited, inspired, tired.

Key Takeaways

  1. Creativity is within everyone and can be fostered with courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, and trust.
  2. Fear is a common obstacle to creativity, but it can be managed and does not need to be eradicated.
  3. The importance of curiosity over passion when pursuing creative interests, suggesting small and consistent actions lead to big rewards.
  4. Ideas are seen as independent entities that collaborate with humans to be realized, emphasizing openness to inspiration.
  5. Living creatively involves embracing the paradoxes of the outcomes being both significant and not mattering at all.


Gilbert personalizes the creative process, using her own experiences and stories to illustrate the joys and challenges of living creatively.

She offers practical advice for how to deal with fears, obstacles, and expectations that can stifle creativity, promoting a positive mindset and a resilient approach.

The book encourages readers to live beyond fear and embrace a curious and vibrant approach to their creative endeavors.

'Big Magic' inspires readers to uncover the 'strange jewels' within and bring forth a unique and expressive life.

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