- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Pck Csm edition (December 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585429287
- ISBN-13: 978-1585429288
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.4 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron 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.”
--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.”
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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.
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. Nor do I dismiss the whispers of my heart. When I learned to just dump them out onto the pages without judgement or omission (some days were certainly more difficult than others), it was pretty awesome to see just what goes on in there!
The journal wasn't the easiest to work with - being so big and lovely, so I used spiral notebooks before and after I was finished. In the beginning I hesitated to even write in it because it was so clean and pretty and new... and I wanted my journaling to look perfect. It took some time (and plenty of Morning pages) to get past that, and write for the pleasure of writing.
I would suggest that as soon as you have completed the book, to go back to the beginning and start again. Fresh. It's amazing how much changes, and how the book seems to almost be "living", in that it grows as you do. You may feel a deeper understanding with your next read.
Enjoy the journey, and pass it on!