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Big Magic: Resources 1

October 20, 2015


One of the tricky things about reading Big Magic is that Gilbert already shared so many of the ideas on her Facebook page. Sometimes when I’m reading, I start thinking “hhmm I’ve heard this before,” but I don’t think this is an issue. The book doesn’t read like a bunch of blog posts reprinted in hardback, thank goodness. Instead, the ideas are distilled and part of a larger narrative. On Facebook, the ideas are conversational and fluid. Both ways work for me.

Thanks to everyone who is reading & following along. Special shout-out to two ladies who shared their responses with me – Jill posted hers on her blog and Heather emailed me. I love hearing about everyone’s experience of reading this book.

And for me? Well, I committed to this read-a-long and I’m still posting. That’s says something about overcoming my own fears and working towards something that lights me up.

Jill’s response to the Courage reflections
Elise’s take on Big Magic
Go Find Your Teachers

All of Magic Lessons podcast, which you almost have to listen to in order, but I recommend Dear Creativity & Fear for this week.


Catch-up on all of the posts here.

Thanks for reading!

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  • Reply Renee October 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I think I cried every three minutes while watching this interview. I had to transcribe this part, because holy shit did it sum up my struggle over the years:

    “One of the promises that I made to the work was I will never ask you to support me financially. I will support both of us. I am a resourceful person. My parents raised me to be a worker. I will do whatever I have to do to pay the rent and you and I will have a love affair on the side of this that is not contingent upon monetization. I have watched so many creative people murder their creativity by insisting that they are not truly creative unless their creativity pays the bills.”

    I die.

    • Reply jtao21 October 22, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Oh man, yes! I took sooooo many notes. Wait until you read Chapt 3’s permission – I actually thought of you often during it xo

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