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The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity (1992)

by Julia Cameron

Other authors: Mark Bryan

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Presents a twelve-week program intended to increase creativity by capturing the creative energy of the universe.
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    greggchadwick: Phil Cousineau's "Stoking the Creative Fires" is a needed kick in the pants in the realm of books on the creative process. Phil's work with Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith links "Stoking the Creative Fires" to myth and history.
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    A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink (DetailMuse)
    DetailMuse: Readers wanting to practice Cameron's recommendation for Artist Dates will find dozens of ideas in the exercises and sources within Pink's book.

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This is short, sweet, and to the point and full of good points. It's really more of a workbook though so I'll need to read it again and work through it more next time. ( )
  Kiaya40 | Jun 19, 2023 |
Ok, this is hard to review. I started this book - and its related exercises, especially the morning pages - more than one year ago. I only lasted for five weeks, then I stopped. My idea is that this is mainly blocked people, people who can't express their creative side. I came to the - right or wrong - conclusion that this wasn't - and isn't - my main problem with my artistic practice. Anyway, after one year, I came back to the book, finished reading all its chapters and even wrote one morning paper. Who knows, can this be a new start or a second failed attempt? All in all, I recognize this is a very good book, which has a well deserved fame for helping many people but, also, it is not the right help tool for everybody. ( )
  d.v. | May 16, 2023 |
Julia Cameron penned this spiritual guide to creativity way back in 1992 and it’s still the “go-to” cure for writer’s block. Even if you don’t have problems getting words on paper, this book will help you find that part of your brain you know you have but seem to have misplaced. While I’m not partaking of her recommended “artist’s dates,” I am a huge fan of her “morning pages” and have used this practice for several years. ( )
  Cam_Torrens | Mar 17, 2023 |
I am working through this book, again, as part of my newest foray into doing the The Artists Way, again. I'll be using this one, the Artist's Way Datebook, the Artist's Way Morning Pages, and the The Artist's Way Workbook. So don't be surprised if you see the whole set fly by here as I'm giving a cursory read an perusal over all of them before starting this up again in January. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Dec 26, 2022 |
If you were an adult in the late 1990s and don't know this book, you were either living under a rock or never set foot inside a bookstore or library or community center for that matter. I was living in Reno and then in Charlotte, NC when the book's popularity hit its zenith and there were Artist Way groups that got together at bookstores, libraries, community centers, and coffee shops.

The biggest takeaway for me was morning pages--writing, by longhand, three pages of stream of consciousness stuff going on in your head to get it out of the way. Cleanse your pallet. It also made me aware of crazy makers in my life, which, at the time, I wasn't ready to let go of. But I think this book was part of a movement in my life that changed me in ways that eventually let me let go of people who subtly and not so subtly sabotaged my life.

I've yet to meet a person who claims to have completed every exercise in the book, but I have met many people who have benefited either personally or artistically from having read it. Read it and then re-read parts of it and work the exercises. ( )
  Chris.Wolak | Oct 13, 2022 |
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Cameron, Juliaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryan, Marksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hobbs, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karmasalo, ElizaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pakkala, PekkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I wish I could take language
And fold it like cool, moist rags.
I would lay words on your forehead.
I would wrap words on your wrists.
"There, there," my words would say--
Or something better.
I would ask them to murmur,
"Hush" and "Shh, shh, it's all right.
I would ask them to hold you all night.
I wish I could take language
And daub and soothe and cool
Where fever blisters and burns,
Where fever turns yourself against you.
I wish I could take language
And heal the words that were the wounds
You have no names for.

J. C.
This sourcebook is dedicated to Mark Bryan.  Mark urged me to write it, helped shape it, and co-taught it.  Without him it would not exist.
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[Introduction] When people ask me what I do, I usually answer, "I'm a writer-director and I teach these creativity workshops."
For most of us, the idea that the creator encourages creativity is a radical thought.
[Epilogue] In ending this book, I yearned for a final flourish, some last fillip of the imagination that would sign the book.
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