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The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life Paperback – December 27, 1999
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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
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That's what Julia Cameron wants you to realize about writing--that it can be a daily activity, like brushing your teeth, or taking a bath, somethinig that you just do. I've spent a good portion of my life wanting to be a writer, but not writing. When I was a kid, I wrote stories all the time, and didn't care how good they were. Then one day I grew up and became self-conscious, and the flow of writing stopped.
For the last fourteen years, I've kept myself pretty busy thinking of one thing after another to do instead of writing. I've made mix tapes, I've cleaned my room, I've gone shopping, spent time with friends, gone on walks, listened to music, and when I was feeling adventurous, even thought about writing, but I've done very little actual writing.
Last year, I read Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" and found it very inspiring. As with this book, you can't read a chapter without feeling a charge of life-force.
I think my icy self-critic is finally starting to melt some. I didn't want to come to the computer this morning and write this review, but I did it anyway, and it wasn't so bad. Before reading Julia Cameron's books, I would have sat paralyzed at the keyboard, spending forty-five minutes on the first sentence. I've now spent about ten minutes writing the whole review so far.
I think it's a good thing, as Julia Cameron suggests in this book, to think of writing as just another component of life.Read more ›
Julia Cameron deals with writer's block and other triumphs and obstacles in practical terms. In "The Right to Write", she uses equal measures of encouragement and gentle sarcasm to turn aspiring and blocked writers into active practitioners of their craft. Her message is simple: write, and do it daily. Even if what you come up with is not publication quality, the act of doing makes writing a routine endeavor instead of an occasional challenge.
If you're serious about seeing your name in print one day, self-analysis will only take you so far. Julia Cameron offers practical advice that will bring you much closer to your goal.
This explains what I like about Julia Cameron: she's taken a whole generation who were intimidated by teachers like my ex-colleague into thinking "I'm not a writer," and made them into fluent, passionate, comfortable writers. Even for the experienced writer, her suggestions are great for jump-starting you at times when the inner censor is remorseless or you "just don't feel like writing." And she's an expert at puncturing your "I can't write because" excuses; those sections alone are worth the price of the book. I found it much easier going than "The Artist's Way": she's kept it concise, and downplayed the religion and the Twelve-Step-isms that some readers (myself included) found off-putting; but at the same time she's provided more of the practical and powerful exercises that were, I feel, the great strength of that book.
That said, I still found this book somewhat unsatisfying for two reasons. First, although the scenes from her daily life are excellent examples of vivid description, I could have done with a little less of her idyllic existence in the mountains and more practical suggestions for those of us who don't have total freedom to structure our writing time! And second, although her method provides a wonderful way for anyone to get started as a writer, she doesn't answer the next pressing question: "Now that I know I CAN write, where do I go from here?"
Can't find a publisher? Cameron suggests self-publishing. Lost confidence because of remarks made by your "friends"? Surround youself with friendly readers. Nothing to write about? Go on Artist Dates to fill that empty well. Can't spell? Use spell check.
Cameron reinforces everything that is positive about writing and strips away any excuses you may have for not writing. By the end of the book, you will be sitting at one of the writing stations you've created following Cameron's advice with plenty of Morning Pages and lists of your proudest achievements and completed writing exercises to draw from, and there will be nothing left to do but write. With Julia Cameron in your corner, you cannot fail.
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One of my all time favorite books. Seriously life changing. I almost cried just in reading the introduction, I felt so welcomed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roxanne Thayne
As long as you realize this is not a "how to" book, you will get a lot out of this. This book is for people who are searching for a reason to write, a passage through... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Zalmorion the Fantastic
This book gives tips and prompts to writing which may or may not be new to the reader, but she personalizes her examples which makes her writing interesting and appealing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by judy ware
Unique, Wonderful, Perspectives on writing and self enrichment.Published 5 months ago by Diane M Fedyna
I originally read this book in 2007, and then re-read it every few years to remind myself of Julia's wisdom. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Geetanjali Mukherjee