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

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The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital todayor perhaps even more sothan it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Jul
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Paperback, 237 pages
Published March 4th 2002 by Tarcher (first published 1992)
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Lena
This is a really difficult book for me to rate. At the time I first read it fifteen years ago, it did wonders to open me up creatively. I was still struggling to slough off some negative parental programming about being a writer, and this book (along with a good friend) helped give me permission to explore that side of myself.

Since that time, however, my belief system has changed so radically that I no longer agree with a number of the book’s fundamental premises. For this reason, it would be ha
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Kate
Julia Cameron works my last nerve. She's always talking about looking out at the sun-dappled mesas of New Mexico, or using some other affected, high-falutin' lingo about her gloriously new age, trendy life. Meanwhile, I look out at the cracked concrete of my driveway in the Chicago drizzle and wonder how us normal people ever survived without people like Julia Cameron telling us about their fantastically charmed lives. However, I like the little mind toys in this book. I did the morning pages, a ...more
Jerome
My New Year's resolution for 1998 was to finally actually DO the Artists' Way. I had given it to several people close to me for the last three holidays, but I had never actually done the process. This is not a book to read. It is a book to do and it promises major life changes in 13 weeks. I was desperate to find a new way to make a living and decided to give this my best shot. 13 weeks later there was no epiphany. I still didn't know where to go, so I started over from the beginning. Two weeks ...more
Kathleen
A book to cheer you on when you feel like you can only look longingly at your passion (writing, painting, drawing...) because the dog needs a walk and the kids need a bath, and you've bills to pay so you've just come home from a job that took you from the house and back to it without a glimpse of the sun.
Annie
Apr 07, 2008 Annie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dreamers, artists, people with secret passions, people in recovery or who want to recover
Another book that has changed my life! (See also: The Runner's Handbook!) I have started this book many times and not finished my 12-week (or more) commitment, but this time, when I got to the point where I wanted to give up, I kept on going, and let me tell you where I am now, as a result of this:

I pitched my memoir to agents in February.
I am taking acting lessons.
I have started wearing clothes I like every single day!
I am planting a garden.
I have taken up knitting.
I am taking ballet classes.
I
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Byron
On the whole, the key to the Artist's Way is selfishness. That is something I fundamentally disagree with. You should not skip your child's soccer game to paint your masterpiece. Your kid is the masterpiece. All of the relationships in your life are masterpieces. I use that as an example but there are other moments in this book where self-indulgence at the expense of others is encouraged. This is loathsome.

So why didn't I just give the book and the program a 1-star rating? Because there are some
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Rajeev Singh
‘If I could make a living out of my hobby, I’ll never have to work a day of my life.’ This isn’t a quotation from Julia Cameron but the gist of this whole book, the pursuit of happiness that starts with believing in your own creative talent - nurturing it, watering it like a tender sapling, protecting it from inclement weather (read: wolves in friend’s clothing) and predators and taking pride and delight in watching it scale new heights with every passing day.

Miss Cameron is so spot-on when she
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Gayle Pitman
I was introduced to The Artist's Way back in 2005 when I took a college class on creativity. If I hadn't signed up for that class, I'm sure I would have never picked up this book. I expected The Artist's Way to be full of fluffy, New-Agey platitudes, and I approached it with cynicism and skepticism. However, I kept an open mind. I read each chapter thoroughly. I did the morning pages every day and an artist's date once a week. I did a handful of the exercises at the end of each chapter. And my l ...more
Rosie
I read and did the exercises in this book during the most intense professional and personal time in my life. It was a life-changer because it allowed me to articulate my life purpose which is fundamentally about using my voice and helping others to find theirs. I recommend this book often.
Dakota Lane
i'm just randomly pulling these off my shelf, literally, i didn't even know i had this still but it's what helped me get back to writing when i did my first book eight thousand years ago, the one everyone says WHY CAN'T YOU WRITE ANOTHER BOOK LIKE THAT??? book.

i always give "the morning pages" exercise to my students. (that makes it sound like i have students hanging around me and in my life at all times instead of twice a year.)
but here it is, a teaser for this fine book:

1. first thing in the a
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Pewterbreath
Look, for writers and artists whatever inspires you to create is a good thing. However, I found this book (For me) to be too "I am an artist, I am bohemian, I create" attitude. Writing (or any of the arts) has a greater verity for my when it's a little less "GIFT OF THE GODS" and a little more "craft." The most successful creators view their work as a craft in the same manner that a furniture maker or a bricklayer would, in my experience. Also when one focuses more on craftsmanship rather than i ...more
Stephanie
I read The Artist's Way a few years ago and could see the benefits of actually doing the work in it. But, of course, I never did it. So I thought I would listen to the book and refresh my memory, and again I feel it would do me good. But will I do it this time?

I have many other artists friends who have read it and also planned on doing it, but I don't know if they have either...

The Artist Way is a book written to unblock artist of a kinds, writers, painters, actors ect. I can't say that I'm bloc
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Bonita Rose
the perfect 'bible' for any creative soul.
Erin
Jan 15, 2008 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Erin by: John B.
Shelves: own
I took the plunge into this book and, like several of my friends, did not make it all the way through (the closest I came to finishing was chapter 10 ... even when i revisited the book a few years later). However, the ground I did cover helped me get more honest with myself about my creative interests. I think I've made some choices in my life that, in hindsight, I might not have made had I not had experience with this book.

I think that's what is great about this book. Whether you make it throug
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Tj
Mar 16, 2008 Tj rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to be an artist but doesn't think they can be
Recommended to Tj by: Alice
Shelves: informative
A friend told me she was doing the 'Artist Way', and asked me to do it with her. I figured, why not.

As an aspiring writer, the book, definatly had some appeal, but kind of lost me as I progressed through it. It's obviously written for people who are not 'artists' per say, but would like to be. The first chapter was about overcoming mental obstacles (like being afriad that you'll become poor and get AIDS from being an artist...).

It's also a very kind of spiritual 'new age' type of books, i.e. Art
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Elizabeth
I worked through this book from the beginning of September till now. For me, it was helpful. I liked how Cameron was able to illuminate in a gentle, eloquent way, how an artist can become blocked. Some of her concepts such as "nervous-reading" (a word of my own coining), were surprising, but I can see how mindless consumption of information--of anything at your fingertips--can create difficulties.

I haven't read other reviews, but I imagine that they are probably pretty brutal. This book is not
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k.wing
I recently completed the 12-week book on my own, and I think that it was very well put together. I was already on my way to discovering a few of the main drivers in the book, but it would have taken me many years to collect them. I have been inspired by this book, and it has helped me work through things, instead of ignoring big problems with my creative process and trying to push them aside.

A few of the reviews haven't been so kind for this book, which is okay. It is really hard to surrender t
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pani Katarzyna
Okay, I read over a half and this is cheating a little bit but I am so DONE with the book! And I do believe that enduring through 150 pages of this entitles me to regard it as absolutely "read". Any book that recommends affirmations is not good for much else but using it as a beer coaster. Then there's this constant babbling about some God the Creator - Whatever. There's more pseudo-psychotherapeutic talk than any actual propositions of inviting creativity... Oh, and the repetition of the "artis ...more
Paula
Mar 28, 2009 Paula added it
Recommends it for: anyone with the desire to have more creativity in their life
Recommended to Paula by: Elizabeth
This has been an important book in my life for the past 10 years. I have gone through the process 4-5 times.I believe the book is extremely valuable for anyone who wants to have more creativity in their life, including such non-"artistic" pursuits as creative problem solving, creative parenting, etc. I have experienced and seen others experience great results.

There are some very difficult moments, especially in Chapter 8-9 when the rubber hits the road and you are asked to name your goal and how
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Amy
Today I finished the 12-week program in this book for the 4th time. The first time, I joined an online group that went through it. The second time, I attempted it alone. The last two times, I went through it with a local group that I gathered and facilitated.

Every time, I learn something new -- about myself, about creativity, about my hopes and dreams. Sometimes, I find the essays and tasks cheesy and dumb. Other times, they are exactly what I need at the time.

When writers ask me to recommend a
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Jean
Sep 08, 2007 Jean rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Artists, so Everyone
First read this book with a class in 1997. Oh, the disgruntling over morning pages. Oh, the looks of sheer hatred I got when I announced I'd given myself permission to write morning pages at the end of the day because I knew I wouldn't get them written otherwise. Re-read in 2006 with GB to get ready to facilitate an expressive writing support group. Those pages are now lovingly known as the whatever pages. This book gives permission, and I think we all need a lot of that in order to take creativ ...more
Chris Wolak
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 stuf
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Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
I read this one a few years back and remember being disappointed. I did enjoy the morning pages and exercises the most. I found the "inspirational stuff" too far out there for me, and it didn't help my personal muse. It seems to help others, though, just not my thing, too new-agey if this makes sense.
Christina Packard
I read this as I took a group class on it which is the way I would suggest one does read through it. Talking the chapter pages out with others in a group of 12 usually called your Tribe gives you more insight as to what parts can mean. To get the most out of this book is to also work out the exercises and not all will apply or seem to be helpful, but all should be looked at and tried in the way that might open new thoughts etc to you. It asked that you write three full pages daily for 12 weeks. ...more
Terre
Last fall a friend of mine clued me in on a web-published reading list "30 Books that Will Change Your Life." I had read roughly half of them, and I totally agreed: Those had changed my life. On the list were several others that I had heard of, had wanted to read for a while, but had never gotten around to grabbing. Maybe because my mother died this past year, I was feeling that life was so finite, so brief, that I wanted to finally make a point of reading these books.

On this list was "The Arti
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White
My incredible daughter and son-in-law gave me this book very recently. It requires much discipline and time to conquer the instructions in it. I put it on the shelf until this summer when I had the energy to do something for myself.

I thank them, in my head and my heart every day. It is a work toward bringing out the creative "genius" in all of us. I got some connections to Jungian theories, which I appreciated very much, since I respected it as I was raising my children. It thought it was a nice
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Ed Smiley
Not exactly a waste as it has a good selection of quotes, and I agree that there is a creative force (in my opinion) inside of yourself that you can plug into, I didn't find this too helpful.

I have noticed that the preponderance of books on creativity are focused on getting unblocked. This is extremely helpful for those who are. However I think such books to be worthwhile to a general audience need to dig a little deeper and go into ways to sustain creative growth once you get started.

Compare fo
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Sara Thompson
I picked up this book from the library when a friend of mine asked a group of us to go through the book with her. The Artist's Way is designed to be worked through over 12 weeks. Because it was a library book, I did it in six. My friends had started the book a few weeks before me but I still think I finished first.
The concept is to learn how to nurture your creative side and avoid creative blocks. I had picked up the book years ago but it didn't make an impression. I don't think I took it serio
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Satia
I read this ages ago when my mother gave me a copy for my daughter. I read it before I gave it to her and I credit the practice of Morning Pages with giving me the strength I needed to get a divorce. I definitely needed the emotional push.

Years later, I led a book group on this book and we had a wonderful time working through the book, growing closer as a group and feeling stronger in our individual ways of being artistic.

Years later, my mother suggested we read through it together and I once ag
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Brendan Brooks
I do own this book and when i purchased I did give the program a go back in the early 2000s. I did feel as though some of the tools were useful while others were a bit hard to come to terms with. I only got as far as Week 1 back then, though not for any other reason than lack of time and inability to get it into my routine. This time i got the Audible audio program which is abridged but in itself is a good 3 hour condensed program. Again though, i cant get past some of the spiritual and esoteric ...more
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Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years, with fifteen books (including bestsellers The Artist's Way, Walking In This World and The Right to Write) and countless television, film, and theater scripts to her credit. Writing since the age of 18, Cameron has a long list of screenplay and teleplay credits to her name, including an episode of Miami Vice, and Elvis and the Beau ...more
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