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The Artist's Way [Kindle Edition]

Julia Cameron
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (586 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital todayor perhaps even more sothan it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.

Editorial Reviews Review

With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.

This book links creativity to spirituality by showing how to connect with the creative energies of the universe, and has, in the four years since its publication, spawned a remarkable number of support groups for artists dedicated to practicing the exercises it contains.

From Library Journal

This program consists of segments from the author's book of the same name (Tarcher, 1992). She recommends two ongoing activities that will conquer blocks and self-destructive tendencies: morning pages and artist's dates. Morning pages are three pages of writing, performed daily, about anything at all. This exercise overcomes the writer's internal censor and makes writing habitual, she claims. The artist's date is a weekly block of two hours spent observing, experiencing, and sensing. The balance of the recording describes how the artist can overcome human tendencies such as jealousy, fear, and addiction. This abridgment leaves much to be desired. In her introduction, Cameron states that the audio is an interactive abridgment of her 12-week program. There is nothing interactive about it, however. The sound quality is poor, and the content is similar to the many available 12-step programs. In that sense, it is redundant and will appeal to a very small audience. Not recommended.?Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Ed. Lib.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 10 Anv edition (March 4, 2002)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H19H3M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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582 of 621 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes and no September 22, 2004
Funny, most of the reviews on this book are either ecstatic or disgusted. I see both sides. True, this woman DOES think she has reached it and knows absolutely everything; she tries to put the artistic process (for any artist, amateur or professional, in any medium) in a box; she tries to deny that being an artist has to involve any real work; she teaches you to be selfish; and she is awfully repetitive. THAT SAID, a few of her individual ideas are so epiphanic (is that a word?) that if you come to any one of them for the first time, you will have got more than your money's worth. Though the whole thing IS a bit wishy-washy and new-agey, and though some things she thinks are awfully vital just don't seem that huge to me, some of her points nevertheless can't be missed. It goes on an individual basis--some people really need some of this stuff, others have seen it before. Some of the exercises will show you something, some will seem silly. Give it a try, tailor it to your own needs. The people who will get the most out of this book are the many "silent poets" who have always wanted to try their hand at drawing or dancing or singing but who haven't because they've been afraid of failing or of looking silly. Those with a happy, fulfilling artistic life will roll their eyes over it-but they should realize it is written specifically for people who are dealing with a major block. It's only fair to consider it with that particular audience in mind.
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222 of 235 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intensive self-examination course May 19, 2003
This 229-page book is actually a course to free your creativity. The entire course is based upon the principle that the artist must have faith to be creative. It is the author's conviction that the Creator encourages creativity in all people.
The book is broken down into twelve weekly lessons. There are several miscellaneous sections. Each weekly lesson has tasks and exercises to be completed. Sidebars provide quotes and tidbits of information to uplift the soul. The divisions of the manual are as follow:
In the introduction, the author explains how she began teaching and eventually developed her seminars and lectures into a book.
Spiritual Electricity: The Basic Principles defines the ten spiritual principles, gives directions for using this course, and tells the reader what to expect from the course.
The Basic Tools introduces the two primary tools of the course: the morning pages and the artist date. The morning pages are three handwritten pages, penned in stream-of-consciousness, without looking back at the previous pages. The artist date is time set aside to be spent with your inner artist. There is even a creativity contract.
Week 1: Recovering a Sense of Safety deals with realizing what negative beliefs and hurts from the past are blocking or restricting your creativity and replacing them with positive affirmations.
Week 2: Recovering a Sense of Identity begins with a section called "Going Sane." It deals with the people you surround yourself with in life and how they exert negative influence over your creativity.
Week 3: Recovering a Sense of Power leaps right into anger management, shame, and dealing with criticism. It examines how most people are afraid that there is a God watching everything we do.
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340 of 364 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is not perfect, but it is a very good book February 2, 2002
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Having read previous reviews on this book and having dabbled with creativity on and off most of my life, finally, I decided to take the plunge and see if this book could change my life.
Has it? Well Yes and no.
I'm not putting out massive works of art or prose, nor am I comfortable with even the pencil sketches I do. However, I am doing them again. I've had fits and starts of drawing, but this book does help you put that into perspective. You are a beginner and it is okay for your work to look like a beginners. Simple concept. Hard to internalize.
What I did find and others who use this program can probably confirm is that it helps get situations out in the open. Family stuff. When you do the morning pages, you ramble. You put down all that trash you are thinking and then you find you work to clean it up. You know all the stuff your kids, your spouse, your co-workers do, that really tick you off. You find you start to address that. Kind of a neat by-product.
My first take on this, is dedicate a half an hour of my precious and sparse sleeping time.....? What are you nuts? Then I tried it. You have a clarity (and a drowsiness) in the AM, that is unmatchable any other time. Also, if you are like me get a whole lot less interruptions. I did the morning pages from 5:15 till 6:00 AM weekdays and after I got up on weekends. Weekends, sometimes I didn't get to them until afternoon. But, each day (except for 1 day in 12 weeks) they were religiously done.
Guess what? I'm hooked. I'm continuing and you might too. Consider this as a book (a life), you are writing, you are directing. What a concept!
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115 of 121 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hokey -- but it works! November 4, 2003
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Every time I pick up this book, I'm put off by the author's style -- it's so full of cutesy affectations, dumb little puns, and hokey metaphors repeated too many times -- the bad habits that good writing teachers steer their students away from. So it's hard for me to trust this person as a teacher of art-making, if writing is supposed to be her own art form and she does it so sloppily. Nevertheless, her course WORKS! Her style may rub you the wrong way, but the content is very effective. In the three years since I first read it and started doing the exercises, it's turned my creative life around, with astonishing results. So thank you, Julia Cameron, cutesy-wootsey prose and all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book.
This book can really change your life if you are open to it. She asks that you make commitments but they are actually gifts that you can give yourself. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I did work with that book many years ago. I started it again at the beginning of this year and it helped me to pass through some difficult moments this years. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Marko Hubert
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
As I read this book I totally could understand my own creative process and how I had blocked myself. It brought me to tears at moments and joy at others. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Julia I. Vazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Mainstay
I have every one of Julia Camerons books. I am well pleased with her message and her mission to steer creatives in the right direction. Very well written and encouraging. Read more
Published 5 days ago by M. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought with Walking in this World.
I received it promptly. It is a great method to stir creativity. If you need to get into habits that increase your ability to produce ideas, this will help.
Published 7 days ago by A. Schwab
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
This is wonderful. What a gift of fun and productivity. It works... Just do the book and it reawakens our creativity. Thanks Julia!
Published 10 days ago by Macarena Bianchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlocking the creative muse
Really is opening up my creativity. Love the assignments and freedom to choose what to finish. No matter what your goals are creativity is a useful tool and this book will open... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Katy S
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal for all
This book, given several copies to friends, is a direction, a discussion, almost a "Cathetism of life"
How to appreciate oneself Thanks
Published 16 days ago by Patrick Krohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changer
This book will open your eyes to greater possibilities within your life. Following along with this book, you will find yourself doing greater and exciting things. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Dea Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I will begin by saying that I am not an "artist" in any sense of the word. But, over the years I have been trying to develop the "artistic" side of my brain. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lindan Quetelard
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