Liz G & Me

Very shortly after deciding / realizing / admitting that it was time for me to start the process of working on my own book about creativity (and stating that intent, out loud, to actual humans), I happened upon social media news that best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert was releasing a new book. ABOUT CREATIVITY. 
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No. What?! Whyyyyyy?? 
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Part of me was devastated and thrown by this. "Oh well," it said. "Fuck it." Elaborating with "I'm sure she's making the same exact main points as me (only better), plus she's got a readership of approximately nine gazillion people. Why bother?" 
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The truth is: it's actually great news that the topic of creativity is becoming more of... a topic; an actual piece of identifiable SUBJECT MATTER that people think, write, speak, teach, and learn about. Much to my surprise, people are seemingly very interested in -- and hungry for -- truth, information, and resources regarding creativity. Having it remain in the margins and shadows as a fringe self-help topic, or weird innovation-themed motivational marketing crap, or exclusive domain to masters degree/art-therapist types doesn't do me (or most people) much good. I'm sooo grateful for the people ahead of me who have taken the time to write, speak, and role model important, powerful, myth-busing truths about the nature of creativity in a way that's more accessible and public.
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I ultimately decided I would still pursue the construction of my own book -- with the temporary stipulation that I would *not* read Gilbert's "BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear" anytime soon, because it might derail me during such a vulnerable beginning phase. I did listen to some of the Big Magic podcast in 2015, but that's it.
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Well, that was about 2 years ago! BIG MAGIC is out in paperback now. Tom and I grabbed a copy of the hardcover on sale the other day, so... I'm starting, apprehensively, to crack it open to random pages, read a quick nugget or two, then snap it shut! So far, I love and agree with everything I've laid eyes upon. I feel strong enough now -- two years into the mess of beginning to organize, carve-out, clarify, and understand my own ideas -- that I can SEE and FEEL my own special [different-from-her] emphases, presence, expertise, obsessions, and take on the subject. I also recognize where we overlap, which is a positive thing; evidence that I'm part of something bigger and potent. One really exciting difference is that my book will be filled with MY ART. My drawings and the stuff of my sacred compost heap (aka: notebooks) actually communicate my major points about creativity better than any of my formal writing could ever do on its own!