Many people know Elizabeth Gilbert as the author of the famous novel-turned-movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, but I know her as the inspirational, Big Magic-maker and all-around badass creative. Elizabeth Gilbert is one of the most eloquent, inspiring and comical writers/speakers around, and I adore her.
In her book ‘Big Magic’ Elizabeth shares practical advice on living creatively, without having to give up your job and move to a remote island to make shell necklaces. It’s the perfect guide for any creator struggling to balance work, a social life and their creative efforts.
Her insightful, clever and well-thought-out comments about ideas are both inspiring and amusing. Elizabeth sees ideas as “energetic life forms”, she also articulately explains that these ideas spend their whole lives searching for an artist to bring them into creation. If you are too wrapped up in your own life to respond to this idea, it will float away to another creator. This enchanting theory explains why we all have those “Omg, That’s my idea! He stole my idea!” moments.
Her entertaining TED talk on our elusive “geniuses” also covers the topic of inspiration and is just way too good to miss. Check it out below.
I love Elizabeth Gilbert! She is someone who understands the way in which creative people work and is the perfect person to guide others in their creative journeys. I have found a lot of comfort in Elizabeth’s words.
Sidebar: Elizabeth is the badass babe who wrote the story that inspired the brilliant, classic singing, dancing bartender movie ‘Coyote Ugly’ – ‘The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon’.
If you haven’t heard of her, check out her work, watch her talks, or listen to her podcast ‘Magic Lessons’. You will feel inspired.