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The Artist's Way Starter Kit Paperback – December 29, 2011
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--Anne Lamott, Mademoiselle
“The premise of the book is that creativity and spirituality are the same thing, they come from the same place. And we were created to use this life to express our individuality, and that over the course of a lifetime that gets beaten out of us. [THE ARTIST’S WAY] helped me put aside my fear and not worry about whether the record would be commercial.”
--Grammy award-winning singer Kathy Mattea
“Julia Cameron brings creativity and spirituality together with the same kind of step-by-step wisdom that Edgar Cayce encouraged. The result is spiritual creativity as a consistent and nourishing part of daily life.”
“I never knew I was a visual artist until I read Julia Cameron’s THE ARTIST’S WAY.”
--Jannene Behl in Artist’s Magazine
“Julia Cameron’s landmark book THE ARTIST’S WAY helped me figure out who I really was as an adult, not so much as an artist but as a person. And award-winning journalist and poet, Cameron’s genius is that she doesn’t tell readers what they should do to achieve or who they should be—instead she creates a map for readers to start exploring these questions themselves.”
--Michael F. Melcher, Law Practice magazine
“This is not a self-help book in the normative sense. It is simply a powerful book that can challenge one to move into an entirely different state of personal expression and growth.”
--Nick Maddox, Deland Beacon
“THE ARTIST’S WAY (with its companion volume THE ARTIST’S WAY MORNING PAGES JOURNAL) becomes a friend over time, not just a journal. Like a journal, it provokes spontaneous insights and solutions; beyond journaling, it establishes a process that is interactive and dynamic.”
--Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D., San Diego Union-Tribune
“If you really want to supercharge your writing, I recommend that you get a copy of Julia Cameron’s book THE ARTIST’S WAY. I’m not a big fan of self-help books, but this book has changed my life for the better and restored my previously lagging creativity.”
--Jeffrey Bairstow, Laser Focus World
“Working with the principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Cameron developed a three month program to recover creativity. THE ARTIST’S WAY shows how to tap into the higher power that connects human creativity and the creative energies of the universe.”
--Mike Gossie, Scottsdale Tribune
“THE ARTIST’S WAY is the seminal book on the subject of creativity and an invaluable guide to living the artistic life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published in 1992, it is a provocative and inspiring work. Updated and expanded, it reframes THE ARTIST’S WAY for a new century.”
--Branches of Light
“THE ARTIST’S WAY has sold over 3 million copies since its publication in 1992. Cameron still teaches it because there is sustained demand for its thoughtful, spiritual approach to unblocking and nurturing creativity. It is, dare we say, timeless.”
--Nancy Colasurdo, FOXBusiness
Praise for VEIN OF GOLD, the second volume in the ARTIST’S WAY trilogy
“For those seeking the wellspring of creativity, this book, like its predecessor, is a solid gold diving rod.”
More About the Author
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
Top Customer Reviews
My best friend surprised me with this last year, when I was going through a difficult time in my life, knowing what awaited me between those precious pages - her book, and my own return to journaling.
Julia's book doesn't just tell you to write. The Artist Dates are incredibly important, as are the weekly thoughts and "tasks". It's not just writing, but writing (physically engaging), and creating a new life, with purpose, on purpose. The life you've always wanted, even if you were too young to remember before you forgot. We are all "artists". You don't have to paint, or make stuff... Our LIFE is our ART.
Interestingly enough, I noticed my need to talk went way down, once I started doing Morning pages consistently! Not only that, but I figured out that my need to talk was due to nervousness, anxiety, mental clutter, and not having an outlet. Morning pages helps get the chatter out before I start my day, and what flows from there is the creativity. The problem solving. The lover. The artist.
I also noticed that handwriting (as opposed to typing) made a huge difference, and my writing style reflected how I was feeling. Your handwriting will not betray you, even when your words do. It was easy to see when I began lying to myself, covered up feelings... and when I began to daydream. Thankfully, I no longer judge myself for random thoughts, or things that don't make sense.Read more ›
I think the journal writing part did turn me off as I don't enjoy writing, even free association writing much. But, as a visual artist I can fill the journal book with free association drawings and exploration to much the same end I think.
What I really love about this book is that it does two things: it has great tools for freeing up one's thinking and creativity and discovering the thoughts and beliefs that hold us from creating ANYTHING more freely, and after helping to create room for that spark of inspiration and confidence, the book helps the reader take the next steps of really discovering the essence of their own creativity themselves. Which is truly the only way anyone can grow; by nurturing their talents thru their own confidence and desire to create. It helps the reader be very comfortable to enjoy the creative process for just what it is rather than simply seeking perfection and approval for the final product of that process.
I must admit not having gone thru the whole book from start to finish. I tend to pick it up when I'm stuck and work with particular sections that apply to me at the moment. I suppose it's valuable either way you choose to use it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did the Artist's Way about 15 years ago for the first time, and found it to be very enriching. It helped to get me motivated. Today, I will begin again! Read morePublished 2 days ago by BETTY HARRELL
This book changed the creative course of my life and I am so grateful. I have been using the Artist's Way tools for over a decade and have found that they are a continuous source... Read morePublished 13 days ago by David M.
I received this a lot quicker than I expected. A fellow artist friend recommended it. I am currently working my way through it and I am finding it challenging and interesting. Read morePublished 16 days ago by K Martin
I love the book and the exercises inside. Not a fan of the journal, except that the quotes are nice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Moonshine
I wouldn't buy the journal with it again but the book is a treasure!Published 2 months ago by momuphigh
The Artist's Way is a fantastic experience. You do have to devote time to it; Julia Cameron doesn't provide an easy fix. But she does provide a way that works.Published 3 months ago by Busy Teacher and Parent