Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the international bestseller ‘Eat Pray Love’ which saw Oscar-winner Julia Roberts portray her in the movie of the same title, is back with a new book, ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.’ In a live television interview she spoke about the new book and her mission to encourage people to open themselves up to live a more creative life and confront their fears.
Yes, the celebrated author who has achieved not just celebrity status but has very much become an icon is back with a much anticipated new book. As she did with her breakthrough New York Times No. 1 bestseller travel memoir ‘Eat Pray Love’ — which stayed on the bestseller list for more than three years — she is once again drawing her readers into a journey of self-discovery and self-mastery.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s book was preceded by her hugely popular TED Talk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius,” which was part of its inspiration, and she also stated the ‘Big Magic’ podcast in the months leading up to its release. As was ‘Eat Pray Love’ a cultural phenomena with an influence that went far beyond the staggering 10 million plus copies sold and the 2010 movie of the same title.
In a live interview on CBS This Morning, the author was unswerving in her message that people need to stop living lives that are too “safe.” And, as her book’s title alone is a call to action, “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear,” she encapsulated the central message.
She spoke of creativity as “what I call the intersection between your efforts and the mystery of inspiration.” She went on to say, “That’s the essence of creativity and it’s our shared human inheritance and I want to encourage people to engage in it.” She further elaborated and said, “You have to follow your curiosity because your curiosity is the channel through which inspiration comes.”
And she spoke of confronting fear, saying, “If you’re going to engage in creative living of any kind you’re going to have to learn to live with fear.”
Elaborating, she added, “Creativity asks you to enter realms with uncertain outcomes…People want to create a safe life for themselves so they try to live without fear and they end up killing their creativity in the process.”
Gilbert urged people to be embrace their curiosity, which she likened to a “channel through which the breadcrumbs of inspiration come.”
She cited an example from her book, a friend whom she wrote was in her 40s and made a decision to turn her life around. And how did she do it? By remembering that it was figure skating, many years ago, that had enabled her to feel “free.”
Gilbert said of her friend who’d stopped skating because “she wasn’t good enough to be a champion” that “25 years later, she didn’t win medals, wasn’t the top but gave back permission to herself to live in a way that made her feel like she was unfolding and becoming more than just an accumulation of her daily obligations.”
Illustrating another central theme of the book, Gilbert spoke about how years ago a professor told her she wouldn’t be a great writer because she hadn’t “suffered a lot.”
She said of this, “I’m trying to dismantle a stereotype that in order to live any kind of creative life, you have to be in torment and suffering.”
She went on to say, ” We’re really addicted to this idea because it makes for good biopics but I actually think it’s better to live a life where you’re constantly exploring your curiosity and creativity and you’re not married to this idea that you have to be a martyr to it.”
She went on to speak of fearlessness, and said she didn’t advocate it as some people she knew in her own life who were fearless were “psychopaths.”
It’s just one of what will be many interviews with Elizabeth Gilbert as her new book ‘Big Magic’ arrives with much fanfare to say the very least with nearly universal rave reviews notably from some of the industry heavyweights including ‘Kirkus,’ ‘Library Journal’ and ‘Publishers Weekly’ among others. And pre-sales have already made it a bestseller.
You can see the full interview with Elizabeth Gilbert below!