Fear is one of the most debilitating and defeating emotions that exist. And is never more present than when we try to create. We are all creative beings in some way, shape or form, be it in the kitchen or in the studio. And yet, that little four letter word can crush even the most practiced artist. Imagine the havoc it can wreak with a fledgling creative spirit. But fear is in all of us. In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat. Pray. Love.) writes about, not overcoming fear, but living with it and through it to find and let your creativity bloom. The book has been out for a couple of years now and is worthy of a return visit. It’s a lovely read for anyone, but for those attempting to coax their first novel or painting into existence, it is a must. Gilbert has grown into an enchanting writer. She believes that “one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours [is that] the universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” (Big Magic)
Here’s link to a review of Big Magic by an equally wonderful writer, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings.