That’s the question I asked myself when I first heard the subject of Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear. The recent tome by the author of Eat Pray Love offers advice on overcoming the obstacles to living a creative life. I know I just said self-help books put me to sleep, but my thoughts kept wandering back to this one and I finally bought it.
I want a creative life in a pretty literal sense. My plan growing up was always to work in a cubicle during the day, write a brilliant work of fiction by night, send it off to a publisher, and quit the cubicle job immediately upon receiving a six-figure advance. But obviously it’s not that simple, even if I were that good and that committed. I’ve realized when it comes to writing that the hard way is the only way for most people, myself included. (Thus the attempt to regularly send these awkward blog posts into the void). But I would like to be a writer more than I would like to be less of a control freak or more of a green smoothie-drinking yogi, so maybe this is the self-help book for me.
At the same time as I look forward to reading Big Magic, however, the idea that people are either born creative or not lingers in the back of my mind. But I guess if we’ll never know the answer to that, we might as well believe we have what it takes and work toward our creative pursuits. Here’s hoping Big Magic provides some help along the way…
I could use some inspiration this month in particular, as for some reason I signed up to publish every day for National Blog Posting Month. We’ll see how that goes, considering it’s taken me an entire day with no obligations AND an extra hour thanks to daylight savings time to get this done.
What do you think? Can a book help you become more creative? I’ll be sharing my thoughts throughout the month, because I need to get multiple posts out of each topic if I’m going to write thirty posts in a row.