Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I have read this book twice. The first time I read it with rose-coloured glasses expecting a book full of encouragement to follow your creative dreams no matter what. As a creative writer, I was somewhat disheartened by Liz’s honesty about the reality of living a creative life. I questioned my goals and how I viewed my own success as a writer. The picture of success as an author, and the goals I had set in alignment with that picture of success, were suddenly challenged, and I felt lost. The second time I read the book, I realised that Liz was not trying to discourage us from pursuing our goals, just not to be so attached to the outcome. To create, regardless of whether we achieve worldly ‘success’. And this notion has helped me connect with my love of storytelling in a whole new way.
What book/s have changed your life?