Working on Your Craft
This week, I began discussing some of the ideas in Elizabeth Gilbert's new book: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (2015). Today, I want to summarize some of her suggestions about doing creative work. She says:
- Make things. Then share them with an open heart.
- You can live a long life, making and doing really cool things the entire time.
- Thank creativity for having blessed you with a charmed, interesting, passionate existence.
- Simply vow to the Universe to write forever, regardless of the result.
- Be brave. Grateful. Uncomplaining.
- Never ask writing to be easy. Ask only that it be interesting.
- Sneak off and have an affair with your most creative self.
- Curiosity is the secret. Curiosity is the is the truth and the way of creative living. Curiosity is the beginning and the end.
- You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you passed your entire existence in devotion to the noble human virtue of inquisitiveness.
- Don't let go of your courage the moment things stop being easy or rewarding.
So, do the work. Do it with an open heart, Be brave, joyful, and patient.