With my recent interest in drawing and painting creeping up on me, which I welcome, I just listened to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic.
Gilbert looks at the creative world in a way I think many of us would like to but haven’t the energy or optimism to. Here is a collection of quotes from the book.
She also hosted a podcast a while back in which she spoke with creative people who felt stumped. She would then talk with them about the ways in which they are stumped to help them break out of their paralysis. At the end of the season, she revisited these creatives and they updated her on their progress.
There were a few things said in that podcast that resonated with me and because I can be lazy, I will cut and paste my thoughts about that podcast from that blog entry I wrote a year ago…
The first episode of Magic Lessons included a woman who writes a blog and sort of stopped writing, was struggling with her role of mom, writer, etc and dealing with the guilt of wanting to write while being a parent.
Gilbert read a quote from a woman which was so very interesting to me. “It’s the most important thing in my life – making things. Much as I love my husband and my children, I love them only because I am a person who makes things. Who I am is the person who has the project of making a thing. And because that person does that all the time, that person is able to love all the other people”
If you’re look for some inspiration, a break from politics, and some creative talk about creativity (how meta), I recommend checking them out.