Every four years, the calendar gods bless us with an extra day. We want to use it wisely; perhaps, if we may humbly suggest, as a day to devote to and ponder our creative selves. Let's leave social media platforms, budgets, and schedules for another day. Today, let's devote some of our time to writing, creating, or just reading ... for ourselves.
We recently read Elizabeth Gilbert's (yes, of Eat, Pray, Love fame) Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and we highly recommend it. As well as being a hugely successful author, Gilbert is a pretty compelling and entertaining Ted Talk regular. Turns out she knows a thing or two about creating, and she's happy to share. The book is neither a manual nor a step program on how to write, but rather a frank discussion of the best attitudes, approaches, and habits we can adopt to live our most creative lives: "Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy."
Okay, we could all take some time today to instill some of that into our lives. We've written down a quote from the book and taped it to our computer screens: "Done is better than good" (i.e., it's better to have something completed than something immaculate). So, with that in mind, it's time to stop writing this blog post and sign off.
Happy Leap Year, friends.
(Tomorrow, if you're keen to get back to the business of writing, you may want to check out The Write Life's annual list of the 100 best websites for writers.)