- File Size: 451 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (December 27, 1999)
- Publication Date: December 27, 1999
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002JF1N2S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life (Artist's Way) Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition
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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.”
--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.”
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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It's an important book. It's not FOR WRITERS, so much as it is FOR WRITING. Thus for everyone, no matter your education or career. You will come to understand that what you have to say matters. And maybe others need to read it!
If you've read The Artist's Way or other Cameron works, you'll likely recognize the territory she goes into with this book. The heart of it is that everyone is creative, even if we don't realize it. Cameron takes on the myths around writers and writing from the need to be solitary, starving artists, the need to be perfect the first time around (something I was struggling with as I read the book), and writing just for the market among a host of topics. To illustrate, Cameron draws on her life and career and offers the reader/writer tools to help themselves.
As that may suggest, this isn't a standard writing guide. Indeed, Cameron herself is quite clear at the front of the volume that she won't be talking about grammar and the like here. Cameron is interested in getting you to the page, to get you to write, and to help you deal with the issues keeping you from writing. Cameron is a firm believer in everyone's "right to write," and this book is very much a declaration of the fact.
My quibble with the book is the same one I had when I read Complete Artist's Way, except here it's more pronounced. Cameron sees writing as a spiritual exercise which, to be fair, is her prerogative and in the past, she presented in a 'you can take it or not,' sort of way. This particular work puts it a bit more front and center, especially when there's an entire chapter dedicated to ESP. On the whole though, if you can get past it, it's not a significant problem and one that doesn't hurt the book much.
Indeed, if you're someone who has wanted to write or is a writer struggling to write, The Right To Write is a good read. Need to be reminded why you love to write? Need help to quieten down the inner-critic or set aside the more corporeal critics in your life? This book and Cameron's Artist's Way is here to help if you'll let it.
This little book reminds me to honor my inner writer. Yes, Julia Cameron tends toward repetition, but sometimes we need to encounter the same idea in myriad ways to weave it into our hearts and minds.
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Julia's gentle encouragement inspires your inner writer to leap from it's box and start creating - no matter what, when or where you write, just begin writing and let the creativity flow!
Although I was unsure about completing some of the activities at first, once I started doing them I felt so motivated to keep writing! This has definitely sparked my imagination and has fired me up to write in a free and unconstrained way! I just love it!