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

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  65,033 Ratings  ·  1,731 Reviews
With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive 12-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivi ...more
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published 1992)
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Daisy Why don't you look for a group or start one. The first time I did I had no idea what it was all about, I went to a group starting in a local book…moreWhy don't you look for a group or start one. The first time I did I had no idea what it was all about, I went to a group starting in a local book store. I am not an artist and became intimidated because these people were all artists. Well, God's surprise was that they all embraced and help me discover and recognize my artist in hiding. I've been consistent with the morning pages pretty much ever since,and have gone back to Julia's classroom numerous times.The one thing I learned from the very start was "there is no way to do this wrong".Beleive me, There isn't.(less)
John Guilfoyle certainly..test the waters..plumb the long as you don't feel as if you might be adversely affected by the doppelganger effect;)(
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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
Jul 26, 2007 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
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
Sep 18, 2011 Byron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2009 Jerome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2008 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 28, 2007 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
May 04, 2007 Rosie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michael Laflamme

The Artist’s Way, while it contains some gems, is an overall disappointment. I’ve started it several times and it took me this fourth time to get all the way through. I had previously blamed my inability to finish it more on myself than on the work in general. The book taken as a whole comes across as pop psychology mixed with a heavy dose of New Age philosophy. There is a lot of talk about nurturing the inner child that is our real artist, the child’s ina
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
Aug 26, 2010 k.wing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
pani Katarzyna
Jun 27, 2013 pani Katarzyna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bonita Rose
the perfect 'bible' for any creative soul.
Sep 08, 2007 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, nonfiction
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
Sep 08, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2008 Tj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Wolak
Jun 16, 2012 Chris Wolak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
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
Antoinette Perez
I'm not one to ask for external recognition, but I'd be OK if you gave me a medal for completing not just this book, but the program! The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron is a how-to book -- specifically, how to overcome your creative blocks -- structured as a 12-week program. It's based on a popular workshop Cameron taught in NYC to help creative people recover their creative productivity and passion, so each week's "lesson" starts with a lecture (about 6-8 pages of content), is peppered with quot ...more
Katherine Addison
I can't rate this book, since my opinion of it veers wildly between five stars and zero stars.

For those not familiar with it, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron is a book that claims it can reconnect anyone with their "Inner Artist," via a program modeled openly on AA's Twelve Step Program (it is not a coincidence that Cameron is a recovering alcoholic). As such, it conceptualizes creativity as something inherently spiritual and conceptualizes the artist as a channel for God's will.


Mar 28, 2009 Paula added it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Alexandra Sokoloff
Apr 04, 2015 Alexandra Sokoloff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creativity
From the beginning of the year been insanely busy - emphasis on “insane” - with all the preparation and marketing involved with the Huntress series, relaunching Huntress Moon and Blood Moon and launching Cold Moon with Thomas & Mercer in a rollout over just five months.

But that’s not all there’s been to it. The last part of last year was really hard, in a professional sense.

The delays in the release of Cold Moon made me anxious and depressed. At the same time that I was grappling with that,
Sara Thompson
Sep 08, 2011 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2016 Leila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قبلا این کتاب رو جاهای دیگه دیده بودم و خیلی سرسری ازش رد شدم.کتاب های روانشناسی مرتبط به رشته ام زیاد خوندم ولی این با بقیه فرق داشت،خیلی به صورت عملی کمکت میکرد و ناخودآگاه روت تاثیر میذاشت که دونه دونه تمرین های گفته شده رو به خواست خودت انجام بدی(پیشنهاد داده هر روز صبح سه صفحه بنویسی هرچی به ذهنت میاد). این کتاب به درک بالایی از خودشناسی میرسونت که لااقل تو کتابای قبلی که من دیدم و خوندم چنین چیزی ندیدم.خیلی واضح بهت یاد میده که با خودت رک و روراست باشی و کنار بیای البته با هنرمند درونت،انز ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I knew within the first few minutes of this, that this was not a book for me. I can't say I liked this, but I can't say I didn't either. It just didn't apply to me. It was a book-challenge book I had to read which is the only reason it appeared in my pile.

So once I knew that this wasn't going to be helpful to me, I changed my attitude, and thought I'd look for positive messages. So, I realized it was a positive and encouraging message to those who feel like they are in a creativity rut. This re
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
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.
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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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