Creative Living, Defined - The Doug Neill Show - Episode 27 - Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Creative Living, Defined

Do you ever feel that you have to justify why you’re about to jump into a new creative project? I do. And as I begin to explore some new territory, I came upon a definition of creative living that showed me why my time spent exploring would be well worth it. I share that story in this episode.

The Doug Neill Show: Episode #27

Recorded on June 27th, 2019

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The Hunt for Jewels

0:42 – 10:50

Elizabeth Gilbert’s definition of creative living, and why it resonated so deeply with me.

  • The book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
  • Here’s the quote from that book that I explore in this episode: “I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels–that’s creative living. The courage to go on that hunt in the first place–that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one. The often surprising results of that hunt–that’s what I call Big Magic.”
  • I talked about my previous attempt to spend more time writing in this episode: Adding a Layer to Your Creative Career.
  • Now I’m starting to use a basement music space to explore new artists, learn some music production software, and slowly start making my own music.
  • I like how “the hunt” sets the expectation that most of the time you’re not going to find those jewels, but each time you go out, you do have a chance at it.
  • You don’t have to be publishing your work or earning an income for it to be creative living (though those are components that I’ve chosen to commit to, and components that are part of the framework behind this podcast and the ideas I explore).
  • Be sure to check out Gilbert’s podcast Magic Lessons.

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-Doug