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E to illuminate the factors that drive people to complete big creative projects and the obstacles that threaten to derail success In the course of creating her own Big Thing this book Korkki explores the individual and collaborative projects of others from memoirs art installations and musical works to theater productions small businesses and charities She identifies the main aspects of a Big Thing including meaningful goals; focus and effort; the difficulties posed by the demands of everyday life; and the high risk of failure and disappointment Korkki also breaks down components of t Very useful as I consider my next Big Thing even though I m not completely sure what that Big Thing is at the moment Finally a book by a creative person who admits to being less disciplined than would seem to be the ideal eg Beethoven and his precisely brewed cups of coffee every morning Useful considerations of the intersection between work and work work and love Worthwhile reading for any creative or anyone who wants to be creative

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The Big Thing

A New York Times business journalist explains why it’s important for people to pursue big creative projects and identifies both the obstacles and the productive habits that emerge on the path to completion including her own experience writing this bookWhether it’s the Great American Novel or a groundbreaking new app many people want to create a Big Thing but finding the motivation to get started let alone complete the work can be daunting In The Big Thing New York Times business writer and editor Phyllis Korkki combines real life stories science and insights from her own experienc Let me save you the time Set deadlines and get someone to hold you to them if that is what you need Meanwhile get enough sleep sit up straight and breathe deeply

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He creative process and the characteristics that define it and offers her thoughts on avoiding procrastination on staying motivated scheduling a routine and overcoming self doubt and the restrictions of a day job Filled with inspiring stories practical advice and a refreshing dose of honesty The Big Thing doesn’t minimize the negative side of such pursuits including the fact that big projects are hard to complete and raise difficult uestions about one’s self worth Inspiring wise humorous and good natured The Big Thing is a meditation on the importance of self expression and purpos This book is perfect for creative people working on a project that is taking a very long time to complete Phyllis Korkki is a great example of persistence and strong desire enabling a person to finish their dream project I am so happy I read this because it has helped me believe that I will finish writing my long gestating fantasy novel


10 thoughts on “The Big Thing

  1. says:

    Let me save you the time Set deadlines and get someone to hold you to them if that is what you need Meanwhile get enough sleep sit up straight and breathe deeply

  2. says:

    I was expecting something like a real how to as the title suggests full of techniues tools and good stories But the book

  3. says:

    I have such mixed feelings about this book There were chapters that were so incredibly helpful to me and I took tons of notes especially at the

  4. says:

    Very useful as I consider my next Big Thing even though I'm not completely sure what that Big Thing is at the moment Finally a book by a creative person who admits to being less disciplined than would seem to be the ideal eg

  5. says:

    I enjoyed this book so much that I was surprised to see reviews from other people who griped about it It's a book about the process of

  6. says:

    This book was very Meta self acknowledged which had me hesitating at a few moments but the book really came through for me Since the book wasn’t simply a description of the trials and challenges the author was working through in her own jo

  7. says:

    I received this book as an e galley I found a lot of takeaways from this book Plenty of self help books from Barb

  8. says:

    Korkki explores an interesting subject and yet her book is incredibly lacking The writing often comes across as redundant a

  9. says:

    This book is perfect for creative people working on a project that is taking a very long time to complete Phyllis Korkki is a great

  10. says:

    This is basically a creative nonfiction work about writing a book The author has long wanted to write a book but could never manage the long term inertia to get it done so she wrote her book about getting a book finished this one It sounds a bit circuitous but somehow the author makes it work The result is an engaging synthesis of in the mome

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