My “Genius” Inspired by Big Magic #ReadAlong — 14 Comments

  1. I will have to add Big Magic to my list for later in the year. I already tried one readalong this year and it didn’t work so I don’t think I’ll try this one, but at least I have a book to add to my TBR.

    Compassionate Sunday series: we all need more compassion. I’m not familiar with the book but it sounds good. The British Isles Friday meme: more itineraries for England since it fits well with the theme. Those are my votes.

  2. Hmm, read-alongs have never worked for me before…and I probably wouldn’t start with this author’s book.

    Okay, I really hated Eat Pray Love…LOL. Not the movie as much as the book, so I’ve pretty much dismissed her other books.

    But I could be wrong. So I’ll withhold judgment until I learn more. Thanks for sharing. Love your cartoon.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • The Signature of all Things is a really great novel, ok not the same as reading nonfiction, but I believe it’s her best work yet. If you like historical fiction, you might wish to give it a try. Big Magic is a book to read si a filter, like most books on writing, inspiration, creativity, some of its messages will be for us, others really won’t.

  3. I found the concept of ideas being external to the mind an interesting one and it reminded me of an interview I read in The Sun by the scientist/thinker Rupert Sheldrake, who theorises about a similar concept in relation to memory, given we do not have evidence yet of where exactly memory actually resides. he supports the notion that it exists outside of us, in places and locations and that those places trigger memory.

    I liked the concept that ideas might exist like this, but I was also concerned about my literary projects that have not had any attention for quite a while, her theory suggests I may have to abandon them, as they’ve moved on elsewhere! But I also get, that that does happen, once we’ve been out of that zone of inspiration and momentum for a while, it can be every hard, if not impossible to pick it back up.

  4. I downloaded the ebook from the library to try and join in the readalong but haven’t read that far into it yet, so I didn’t know about the drawing exercise. I love your daemon! I have a lot of ideas swarming me all the time, and most never come to fruition. All of your ideas sound intriguing. Now, combining Big Magic with Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which ones “bring you joy” when you see them? 😉

  5. Oh my goodness, I can’t think that deeply this early in the morning! I liked Eat, Pray, Love but have not read her other books. Seems to me to be so able to explore your outside creativity and such, one must have a great deal of financial independence. Unfortunately, that is not the case in my world. Lately, my creativity has been embarking on a 91 Day De-Clutter challenge. But on a more positive note, I like the idea of Compassionate Sunday.

  6. Joy, I love all your ideas and I can’t wait to see what you decide to do. But, I especially hope you’ll start playing along with Dreaming of France again.
    I’m not crazy about the idea of creativity being a separate entity. I think it’s inside our brains and we need to unlock it.

  7. I love it! Very creative (and adorable, too). I’m like you – have trouble letting go & being creative. I like how you put it – always afraid I’m doing it wrong! I can be too analytical for my own good 🙂

    Hope you are enjoying the weekend –


    Book By Book

  8. I’ve been considering reading “Big Magic.” Let’s just say I’m not a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert, but this one sounds interesting enough that I might read it anyway.

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