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The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,445 ratings  ·  85 reviews
The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 22nd 1997 by Tarcherperigee (first published 1996)
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Anne Ku
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I treated this book like the bible to open up my creativity once again. Years ago, nearly a decade ago, in London, I read The Artist's Way and religiously wrote my "morning pages" and followed the exercises.

Now, having once again at another milestone in my life, I am forever grateful to discover this book among a collection of books for sale by an 86-year old retired artist who lives nearby. It was in pristine condition, and I begged to borrow it before she sold it. Every day, I sat down and wro
Very inspiration - more like a workbook than a book. Creative ideas for exploring your creative heart... I found some great nuggets in this book. And plenty of inspiration.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fascinating and enlightening one. It has many exercises and ideas to help a person bring out their inner creativity, in whatever their chosen field. It was also filled with famous or not so famous, but great quotes from well known people, about life, and their own searches for creatvity and expression. It's a book worth spending lots of time reading, and sadly, I didn't own it, so had to return it to the library. But I highly recommend it. ...more
Charlotte  Wrenn
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Invaluable. Creativity is connected to Spirit is what I got from this book, which I thought I knew, haha. I go back over and over to this amazing book. Full of fabulous quotes and resources, too. Julia Cameron's exercises will change your life. ...more
Cynthia Sillitoe
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
While this has some excellent ideas, the program is not suitable for everyone. Part of it is taking long walks, building up to longer walks, and all this walking is supposed to be essential. Not only is it not feasible for me, but, as she goes on and on about the glory of the energy coming up from the ground and into your feet, I'm thinking "What if people don't have feet? What if they are paralyzed?" I guess this could be argued about The Artist's Way because some people have good excuses for n ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Some good reminders and advise like walking daily, but like others have commented, it isn't nearly as good as The Artist's Way.

The religious stuff seemed somehow more blatant in this one, and as an atheist, I really disliked that side of the book. With The Artist's Way I could more easily just skip in my mind all the talk about God.

Also I think the book is less well constructed - too many quotes, and it seems like very long stream of consciousness.
David Sweet
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Third time through. Enjoyed this book greatly in my 20s and how it influenced my thought. Even now in my 50s I still do my morning pages. But now I don’t feel the need for the motivation and passion driven by the exercises. Going back to Rumi or Wordsworth or Shakespeare inspire me just as well and deeper. Too mechanical in nature. Good read for any new artist to get the right mindset.
This book was entirely worth it for the first few exercises. The ideas about the connection between walking and writing as well as the (rather intimidating) narrative timeline project both gave me more than I ever expected. I'm sure I'll come back to this book again and taste the next few exercises when the time is right. ...more
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
After working through The Artist's Way with a wonderful group of women, we decided to continue working together on Cameron's Vein of Gold. It's a project, but I'm setting aside time to work on the tasks and enjoy this spiritual journey. ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: journaling
Cameron's books are very popular but I just didn't click with her technique. As someone who journals daily, having an additional assignment -- the morning pages -- was cumbersome. Her connection with the rich and famous was off-putting as well. ...more
Joni Fisher
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
An astounding, eye-opening resource for writers, painters, and other creative types. This is like a field guide for artists on how to coax out their freshest, most unique concepts and to rein back the inner critic that hampers creativity in the early stages. I highly recommend this work.
Toby Neal
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Richer and deeper than Artist's Way. A fitting capstone. ...more
PollyAnna Joy
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron is another book along the same lines as her original book THE ARTIST'S WAY. Much of what Julia discusses in each of her other books is in THE VEIN OF GOLD, as well. One exercise she includes in this book that isn't really in any of her books is the Narrative Time Line. That was a bear to complete!!! It was time-consuming and emotionally-charged. I think it took me almost two months to complete my Narrative Time Line. That's not really all that bad because Julia ...more
Victoria Manning
This was an interesting audio selection... Tim Wheater is delightful and of course listening to Julia Cameron is beautiful... Her voice is so sweet and endearing and her message so spiritual... Tim introduces us to the process of “toning”.. which is a vocal exercise to help become centered... He led the exercises against the backdrop of a harmonium. I personally found the drone of the harmonium off-putting... irritating and somewhat creepy/scary... I was able to produce the vibrations but would ...more
Sue Gregg
Feb 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
I am very disappointed in this book. Julia Cameron's "The Artist Way" was so full of life-changing tools focused on honing one's creativity. This book repeated some of those tools, and did provide some potential creative ideas to generate an increased understanding of oneself along the path to greater creativity. However, much of this book is based on mystical and New Age religion. I did not seek to read about mysticism in any way. I feel misled. I struggled to finish this book which should not ...more
Brianna Rush
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is phenomenal. I read it when it first came out many years ago. I think many of us who read it at that time, had the same reaction to the beginning exercise of the "decades." We were still high on The Artist's Way. I don't think I'm alone that many of us never finished the book. I recently took it out of the library since I am now writing a book on creativity. It's a virtual feast of creativity wisdom and morsels... very tasty, even for a 5-minute inspirational pick-me-up at any time. ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
This comes highly recommended by many, but I couldn't get into it at all. I like early morning writing and journaling, but no way can I manage three pages of longhand. I like walking, but not on my own, not for miles each day. The 'spiritual' side of this seems rather New Agey, and the writing rambles in a way that doesn't fit with my style or personality at all.

After taking nearly three months to read just a handful of chapters, I tried dipping into it at random and couldn't find anything that
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that appeals to artists and creative people of all types. In my quest, I return to this book again and again. Julia Cameron has done the footwork and outlines topics such as relationship, attitude, and possibility through which the artist can develop more fully. There are tasks for soul seeking using techniques such as writing, story, and collage to bring the child-artist in us back to health and wholeness.
J.L. Rothstein
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot to like about this book. If you are a writer or any artist really, there are nuggets of gold in here. It's thought provoking and makes you delve deep in order to free yourself. The idea being that once you open the door you can tap into that creative spirit we creatives are always searching for. If you have ever asked yourself how you can re-fill the well of creativity? According to Julia it's from within, and she teaches you how. I would recommend the book. ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love some of her exercises of exploring and understanding yourself. I think i rewrote a few notes about the morning writing and daily walks, but other than that most of her advises i have already done and experienced. It was a reminder of all the things that i have completed in various stages of my life. Would recommend for new artists or those that have inspiration/creativity blocks.
Julia Cameron continues to challenge my growth in creativity. I love exploring myself through the tools she provides.

Even if you don't feel like an artist, read and work with Julia Cameron and expect surprises!
N.N. Light
Are you a writer/artist looking for some inspiration? Look no further than this book. It continues where The Artist's Way leaves off and is more like a workshop than a book.

I read this when it came out and I re-read it every year. Cameron lights the path to enlightenment and your creativity is just waiting to be unleashed.

Disclaimer: I bought the paperback copy when it came out from a bookstore.

My Rating: 5+ stars
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice companion to The Artist's Way ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book on tape quite a few years ago. It's the one I can listen to over and over until I wore out one tape. Found it again in a drawer yesterday. Healing, soul filling and lifting. ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: badassery, art
A pretty good blend of practical and woo woo.
J. Elliott
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-development
Used this as a text book in a women's art class. Terrific reference and inspiration. ...more
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was the same as, only trying harder than The Artists Way. Some of the new material was fun/interesting but a lot of it was just a lot. Next time I would just do The Artists Way again.
Florence Lyon
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Vein of Gold is a wonderful refresher of the tools and techniques used in The Artist's Way. It is a delightful, packed validation for embracing your creativity, nurturing your shy inner child. I admit I didn't do most of the exercises though but have bookmarked pages of sections that really spoke to me.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm re reading again!! ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Overall, I found that The Vein of Gold adds less value and contains more fluff than The Artist's Way. Which is a pity, because some of the tasks in this book are great. I particularly like her cross-disciplinary use of music, to which I can add my own skills from art and dance therapy. The importance of the narrative time line was also valuable to realise, but I would use different methods in future. The Vein of Gold expanded my toolkit, but was definitely second-class. ...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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