Short, encouraging book - with occasional magic
I wasn’t sure I would like this book, because when it comes to writing about writing I’m a die-hard Natalie Goldberg fan, and I wasn’t too impressed with the whole “Eat Pray Love” craze. But I really enjoyed Big Magic, and found it helpful.
This is the type of creative book that encourages you to write because writing is fun, yet does so in a friendly, chatty way rather than a Stephen-King-work-till-you-drop-or-you’re-not-a-real-writer way. When someone described one of the main concepts of the book, I thought it sounded bonkers – that each idea is like a sentient being, landing on the heads of creative people, but leaving that person if the idea is neglected for too long, and flying elsewhere. But when I came to read it in context, I realised what a genius she is – she weaves a story, and it is as powerful a fable as any Grimm brother.
It’s brief, chatty, encouraging stuff for a writer, and just occasionally she hits upon something a little bit magic. Recommended.