Genre: Self-help, Creativity Type/Source: Hardback / Purchased at Indie BookStore Why I read this now: Summer means Boating
“Measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”
MOTIVATION for READING: I have a friend, our next door boat neighbor, who inspired us to have a “bucket list summer” and one of the challenges was to read this book, together.
“Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.”
WHAT’s it ABOUT: Ms. Gilbert’s personal thoughts and her own exploration of how to be creative, how to MAKE art, why to make art. And art is totally subjective; whatever art is in you. Let that idea chase you down and find you to be its partner.
WHAT’s GOOD: I love the anecdotes, I love her style, I love her encouragement. I really enjoy the quotes and writer references. I admire her unabashed go-for-it fierceness.
What’s NOT so good: The book is too short?! 🙂
FINAL THOUGHTS: So many quotes I could share. So many things that she stimulates in my head – ideas, past memories good and bad, smiles, the inspiration to try…
“Frustration is not an interruption of your process; frustration IS the process.”
(The REAL work is pushing through, keep on keeping on, manage the gaps between the glory bursts of inspiration.)
I am one of those who loved EPL and I also really enjoyed The Signature of All Things. If you don’t like her fine, but why exactly such hostility? I can think of so much worse things to be against than the work that EG is putting out there into the universe. To each their own — I can respect that; but let’s be kind and uplifting and supportive and creative!
RATING: Four slices of pie with extra whipped cream.
” It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at. For instance: If I had spent my twenties playing basketball every single day, or making pastry dough every single day, or studying auto mechanics every single day, I’d probably be pretty good at foul shots and croissants and transmissions by now.”