Elizabeth Gilbert's argument for magical thinking

An interview with the author of Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert
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Even as Elizabeth Gilbert was writing her 2006 mega-bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, there was another book stirring inside her. It took a total of 15 years, but that book — Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, a self-help guide to uncorking originality and innovation — is finally here.

In Big Magic, Gilbert shares her insights on the mysteries of inspiration, and how to overcome the creative person's greatest obstacle: fear. “Anything you fight ends up fighting back harder," she told The Week. "It's less about fighting fear and more about working with it and around it. How you manage determines how much interesting stuff you do in your life."

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