Phyllis Korkki, author of The Big Thing, on tour August 2016

Posted By on July 28, 2016

The Big Thing coverAbout The Big Thing

• Hardcover: 256 pages
• Publisher: Harper (August 9, 2016)

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 book.

Whether 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 experience 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 the creative process and the characteristics that define it, and offers her thoughts on avoiding procrastination, 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 questions about one’s self-worth.

Inspiring, wise, humorous, and good-natured, The Big Thing is a meditation on the importance of self-expression and purpose.

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About Phyllis Korkki

Phyllis Korkki is an assignment editor and reporter for the New York Times Sunday Business section.

Follow Phyllis on Twitter.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 9th: Jen’s Book Thoughts

Thursday, August 11th: G. Jacks Writes

Friday, August 12th: Carina Gonzalez

Monday, August 15th: Reading to Distraction

Tuesday, August 16th: A Dream Within a Dream

Thursday, August 18th: I Brought a Book

Monday, August 22nd: Literary Quicksand

Tuesday, August 23rd: Luxury Reading

Wednesday, August 24th: Mel’s Shelves

Thursday, August 25th: Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

Monday, August 29th: Julie Flanders

Wednesday, August 31st: Bibliophiliac

Thursday, September 1st: 5 Minutes For Books



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