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The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition Paperback – October 25, 2016
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"With its gentle affirmations, inspirational quotes, fill-in-the-blank lists and tasks — write yourself a thank-you letter, describe yourself at 80, for example — The Artist’s Way proposes an egalitarian view of creativity: Everyone’s got it."—The New York Times
"Morning Pages have become a household name, a shorthand for unlocking your creative potential"—Vogue
Over four million copies sold!
Since its first publication, The Artist's Way phenomena has inspired the genius of Elizabeth Gilbert and millions of readers to embark on a creative journey and find a deeper connection to process and purpose. Julia Cameron's novel approach guides readers in uncovering problems areas and pressure points that may be restricting their creative flow and offers techniques to free up any areas where they might be stuck, opening up opportunities for self-growth and self-discovery.
The program begins with Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – The Morning Pages, a daily writing ritual of three pages of stream-of-conscious, and The Artist Date, a dedicated block of time to nurture your inner artist. From there, she shares hundreds of exercises, activities, and prompts to help readers thoroughly explore each chapter. She also offers guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors.
A revolutionary program for personal renewal, The Artist's Way will help get you back on track, rediscover your passions, and take the steps you need to change your life.
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"The Artist's Way is not exclusively about writing—it is about discovering and developing the artist within, whether a painter, poet, screenwriter, or musician—but it is a lot about writing. If you have always wanted to pursue a creative dream, have always wanted to play and create with words or paints, this book will gently get you started and help you learn all kinds of paying-attention techniques; and that, after all, is what being an artist is all about. It's about learning to pay attention."
"This is a book that addresses a delicate and complex subject. For those who will use it, it is a valuable tool to get in touch with their own creativity."
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- ASIN : 0143129252
- Publisher : TarcherPerigee; 25th Anniversary ed. edition (October 25, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780143129257
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143129257
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.42 x 0.65 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I see why this used to be popular... surrendering responsibility for our own shortcomings is tempting, and apparently a lot of people bought into it. But how can you ever take credit for your own accomplishments if you pawned responsibility for your failures off on a delusion induced by magical thinking?
The so-called practical lessons that you don't have to be religious to take advantage of? Journal for 3 pages every morning and get out of the house one a week. That's it. Everything else is channeling mystical creative forces and mentally infantilizing yourself as a coping mechanism.
I'm not really a fan of this book. It's got some good stuff, and is worth a look, but... maybe just borrow it from a library or a friend. Her author's voice is bossy/schoolmarm-ish, and she seems to quite like listening to herself speak--so to speak. The book could've been half its current length, and still gotten across her points adequately.
Most of all, though, I just can't stand all the "God" references in the book. On the very first page of the introduction, Cameron warns that she uses the word "God" throughout the book, admits it may be "volatile" for some readers, but asks that we keep an open mind. She spends several paragraphs defending the term, and asking you to substitute whatever word works better for you, offering up the examples "good orderly direction, flow... Goddess, Mind, Universe, Source, and Higher Power."
My problem is that I don't follow a Judeo-Christian path, and find "God" (capital "g") to be very off-putting for a great number of reasons that have no place in this review. She has a Catholic background herself. Groovy. You do you, Julia. But why use capitalized "God" and then say "But substitute whatever term you want!" How about YOU use a more neutral, less "volatile" word to begin with, so that it's easier for readers to mentally insert our best words?
And there is a LOT of God and Creator stuff in the book despite her assertion that "no god concept is necessary," and that "You will still be able to experience an altered life working with [the book's] principles" even as an atheist or agnostic. In fact, her Rules of the Road (p. 55) is a list of 10 rules, 4 of which concern praying and/or the Great Creator. That list has the feel of "Let go and let God" about it. It just got harder and harder for me to ignore/substitute/read around these references. Further, while "flow" was one term she recommended as a substitute, that word makes no sense in those [frequent!] contexts when she actually means a higher power, NOT flow.
I'm not sure where in the queue this review will end up, but I wish I'd read a review that warned me about this. I probably wouldn't have bought the book. =/
I've had frustrating, debilitating, therapy-necessitating writer's block for ten years. Three months after finishing this book, doing all of the exercises, writing my morning pages, etc? I just finished the first draft of a novel.
So, I recommend it. And I recommend taking only the parts from it that work for *you*. I don't care about the idea of being the conduit for some creative beam of light that shines through me onto the page. I don't care about prayers or pledges or collages. So I ignore those bits. What work for me were the parts about resetting how we approach creative work - not like adults afraid of criticism, but like children fascinated with their own imaginations. That's a game changer.