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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; Rev Upd edition (March 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585422126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585422128
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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.

More About the Author

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of more than thirty books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, Finding Water, and The Writing Diet. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.

Latest endeavor: Julia Cameron Live, an online course and artists' community led by Julia. It is the most comprehensive discussion she has ever done on The Artist's Way, and the first time she has allowed cameras in her home. www.juliacameronlive.com

Customer Reviews

So much of it seems "insider" stuff.
Carol Berger
That flaw discredits whatever [thin] usefulness I might previously have found.
GreenEggs-N-Ham
A great book from Julia's series of guides for the writer.
B. Kelly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephen Foster on May 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is required reading for anyone who has used Julia's former books to actually create works of art! In this manual for creative flight she describes all the monsters that leap up in your face as you prepare to fly and the ones that try to wreck your creative projects. She speaks in a no nonsense, humor-filled tone--She cuts to the bone about those devils who tempt us to flirt with them instead of concentrating on our creative careers. Not only does she break them down into horrifying, simple catagories, but she teaches us how we can wave a magic wand and dispell the curse of these people. This book is a true gem for any creative artist. Buy it immediately.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By GreenEggs-N-Ham on February 24, 2005
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Julia Cameron's books are the only companions that keep me from feeling stuck and isolated in a writer's life. "The Artist's Way" and "The Sound of Paper" are fixtures on my bedside table because she's truthful, sensible, and uplifting. ...And that's why I'm disappointed in this book. It falls very short of the mark.

True, in its pages you will recognize all those people who hem you in or hold you up. But you will perhaps also recognize what I did: deep bitterness. I'm 3/4 through the book and have been almost stunned at all the examples of, asides about, and ungloved swipes at movie industry people. Other blocking personalities are treated with a bit of remove and wry humor. But when JC launches on the movie-industry-specific examples, her venom and bitterness seep through. That flaw discredits whatever [thin] usefulness I might previously have found. I hate to say this, but I'm glad I bought it used rather than new.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Eva Sophia on May 17, 2005
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Cameron's latest delight is the latest in blunt and witty guideposts for a creative thriving life. When we live to create it is our muse whose our own best friend. Protect it and nurture it - how? Enter Supplies from Cameron. A concoction of advice, strategies, and common toolkits to keep our artistic souls pure and our muse shielded from the various Crazymakers out there. Must have!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carol Berger on January 29, 2008
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The excerpt on Amazon was interesting, so I bought this book. I am sorry thatI did. I started to be worried when I read in the Introduction by Cameron that "Each one of my books is carefully aimed to reach a certain target and take a certain trajectory. Having said that, welcome to Supplies - which is a deadly serious, humorous book aimed squarely at those embattled, and nearly embittered, survivors of the creative trenches." The back cover states that the book "shows readers how to cope with the nitty-gritty of being a successful artist," but at the same time it states that "this book is a must-have for any aspiring or working artist." As an "aspiring" artist, I found very little in the book helpful. It is cleverly written, but the thinly-disguised bitterness and sarcasm Cameron expresses in her writing is not "humorous" as she self-describes the book in her Introduction - humor lacks the nastiness, venom, and negativity that clearly comes through. Her writing exercises might be helpful, but they are so in opposition to the rest of the book as to make me wonder if Cameron is bipolar. Very early on in the book, I wondered what the point of it was. So much of it seems "insider" stuff. Underneath it all, it seems to just be an excuse for Cameron to whine about her bad experiences in becoming rich and famous. This book is just too personal - I got the feelings that she would have loved to name names - and self-indulgent. I was really put off by her attitude. Okay, so it's a jungle out there - we all know that already. Cameron seems to act as if she's the only one who knows that. I don't think it was worth writing a book on. By the way, I can't figure out why this book is called Supplies, and I STILL don't know after having forced myself to finish it because I paid for it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Szponder on September 12, 2010
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Fans of Julia Cameron's books on creativity may initially be shocked by Supplies: A Troubleshooting Guide For Creative Difficulties. Previous works by Cameron including The Artist's Way, The Right to Write, and The Sound of Paper are positive, inspirational, and filled with practical application. Supplies is equally as valuable to any collection of books on creativity. However, it explores the darker side of creative awakening, and it does so with sarcasm, humor, and real-life practical application as to how to blast away the demons that accompany success. Supplies combines humor with inspiration, and this side of Julia Cameron makes for a fun journey.

In The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron provides a 12-week course that brings about creative awakening through spirituality. With such a major life transformation comes synchronicity and success as the universe welcomes its newest creative mind and provides opportunities for it to grow further. Along the way, as success is achieved, there are those who would do everything in their power to impede future achievement. These are the lost souls Cameron explores in Supplies.

From the jealous "Piggybackers" who latch onto the success of others to the fearful "Wet-Blanket Matadors" who attempt to cause confusion and doubt in the minds of those awakening to their creativity, Cameron provides journal exercises that explain exactly how to identify and dismantle each type of creative demon. Comparing the creative journey to a flight, Cameron explains that creative success will bring with it an array of personalities who feel threatened by those achieving their potential and purpose. "Bad Fairies" will be there to ask, "Who do you think you are?
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