In creativity guru Julia Cameron's latest offering, the topic is "psychic dreadnaughts." These are people and experiences that attempt to ground your creative flights of fancy by telling you that your concepts are wrong, crazy, half-baked, or downright stupid. This workbook--an aid to Cameron's bestselling book The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
--gives you the weapons to use in pushing past these common roadblocks.
With humorous, clever language and fanciful line drawings, Cameron describes the dreadnaughts you might encounter on your creative journey, from Worrywarts (who try to put a damper on your enthusiasm) to Bad Fairies (who try to bring you down a peg to their level) to Tokyo Roses (who try to make you doubt yourself). She also details the many situations that can bump you off your flight path, such as the Wall (which you're bound to smash into about two-thirds of the way through a project and which tells you your work is so bad you should just abandon it).
As in her previous works, Cameron provides plenty of exercises to get your creative juices flowing and fight off dreadnaughts. And she again advocates "morning writings"--jotting down three pages of longhand musings each day--to clear your head, keep your creative trajectory in mind, and identify potential obstacles and allies.
If you loved The Artist's Way, you'll find this book to be a delightful companion volume, filled with a vast array of creative and spiritual insights. --Nancy Monson
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of seventeen books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Artist's Way
, The Vein of Gold
, and The Right to Write
, her bestselling works on the creative process. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.