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The Artist's Way Workbook

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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,117 ratings  ·  81 reviews
For the millions of people who have uncovered their creative selves through the Artist's Way program-a workbook and companion to the international bestseller.

Alife-changing twelve-week program, The Artist's Way has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. Now, for the first time, fans will have this elegantly designed and user-friendly volume for use in
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published (first published September 1st 2006)
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Natasha (Diarist) Holme
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who do their homework
Recommended to Natasha (Diarist) by: A friend
Got this for my birthday from a friend. Took it on holiday to read. Discovered it was a book of exercises to be completed over months. So, I'd backed myself into a corner. I always do all my homework, and I did every last bit of this. Didn't skip a morning page, went on all my artist's dates, etc. I got some good fun out of it. Most memorable artist's date: I flew an airplane.
Pat Jennings
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I believe this is the quintessential book for all creatives. Julia Cameron wisely guides the novice to the seasoned artist through the ups and downs of making art. Whether it be writing, screen plays, directing, acting, music makers, painters, whatever kind of creative soul you are, the issues of fear of failure, dry spells, relevance are addressed along with many activities which uncover the underlying hang ups that derail many artists. This is the second time I have read this book. The second ...more
The Artist's Way program itself is wonderful. However, I expected so much more from the workbook. It's actually just a large notebook with a few pages of notes and instructions on how to use the workbook at the beginning and some notes at the end (the endnotes are actually just the last two appendices from the book copied into the workbook). The only difference between this workbook at any other notebook (apart from these notes) is that it has a quote from the book on every page. This can be ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I put off reading this book for 15 years because of the God stuff, but now that I'm open to spirituality I was able to read it and be open to many of the ideas. That said, the spiritual flavor isn't right for me. To me, the spirituality in this book comes across as generic and is hard to connect with because it seems watered down, generalized, and not authentic. The morning pages (for me) are the most useful thing that came from this book. I did find some insights in the chapters, but the ...more
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Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beware, the author's writing speaks to you like a little child. Clearly this works for a lot of people given how popular this book is. But if you don't like being identified as an 8 year old girl, then you'll probably want to push aside this preference before you can open yourself to receiving the wisdom in this book.

This book offers lots of exercises and tricks that can help you conquer your inner critic and find a creative life. The most interesting exercise I found was one where sh asked
Andrea Judy
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
The spirituality new-age type feel of this made it a struggle for me at points. Some of the sections are also ridiculously repetitive, telling the same thing over and over.
This workbook contains a 12 week program to reignite your creativity, and I think some of the exercises are great. I'm particularly a fan of morning pages (big shout out to 750 words!) and liked some of the exercises to unleash your inner creator.
That said, I really didn't like how the creative side was continuously spoken
Jennifer Smith
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I first attempted this in 1999, but barely started. This last June I decided that it was time to take a second crack at it and I am so very glad that I did. Not only was the daily writing a wonderful exercise, but she thoroughly attacks any excuse one has to not create. Her tasks are grounded in creative visualization as well as practicality. I recommend this to any kind of artist who finds themselves "stuck".
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a 12 week program into more fully releasing your creativity. I just finished week 1 and must say I did not expect it to be as powerful as it was. I'm looking forward to the next 11 weeks and to whom I am becoming as an artist. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to write, draw, paint, sing, whatever your chosen method of creating...It requires a commitment, and it's worth it.
Ann E
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must to go along with her book The Artist Way. I found both very helpful in opening up my budding creative self.
Dan Charnas
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book all the way through because I found the author's ideas to ring true with me. Now, I'll be returning to it to fulfill on the creativity exercises provided at the end of each of the twelve chapters.
The author was greatly influenced by her experience with AA, and the philosophy of a strong belief in God, the self-affirmations, and the reflections you are asked to make about what might be blocking you and why were inspiring to me. (There are 12 chapters in the book - not a
Uwe Hook
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
You do not need to be an artist in the sense of a gifted painter, sculptor, writer, musician, etc. to enjoy this book. We are all artists in that each of us designs, creates and shapes our own future. We make the choices that will determine where our paths will lead. The only limitations we have are those we place on ourselves.
Julia Cameron makes the journey a little smoother by helping us rid ourselves of life's negative emotions - fear, jealousy, guilt, limited beliefs, etc. While the book
Toni Apicelli
I have read the book that goes with this workbook more than once to jumpstart my writing and have always found it useful. I like using the workbook for the same purpose. The book is a necessity. The workbook is a nice tool as well.
Great not only for artist but for people who feel creatively blocked in life.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I knew this was really just a glorified journal for the Morning Pages that Cameron insists you do in her Artist's Way program. It actually is more. While it's definitely not a replacement for the AW book itself, it includes inspirational quotes that are related to the subject, a brief synopsis of that week's theme from AW, and...(my chagrin--I didn't notice this until my 12 weeks were done)...a place for notes about artist dates (also in the AW program). Oops!
I found this spiral-bound edition
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lots of fluff and feel-good New Age platitudes. I'm a spiritual guy but this book bordered on preachy. Along with that are a lot of assumptions (that one must have been traumatized or whatever during childhood and that's why they aren't creative). Honestly couldn't finish it and just tossed it in the trash. Look elsewhere if you want to unlock or enhance your creativity.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the best personal development book I have ever read. It has changed my life by helping me listen to myself actively, find solutions to my own challenges and rediscover my well hidden creativity. I would recommend it to anyone not feeling settled in their lives.
I would have rated this book higher had I read it years ago. Some of this stuff didnt quite apply to me, some of it I had worked through in therapy.

But some of it was good for me to work through and I can see myself going through this book again in a few years to see how Ive progressed.
William Hill
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is really great in helping to stimulate your creative juices. The Morning Pages exercise is perfect in cultivating a discipline that will help you during those creative droughts. I frequently go back to this book when I want to re-energize myself.
No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity. ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best self help I've ever done.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love it! Of course some things I did not follow and there are some things I do not agree but generally a brilliant book!
Peter Parsons
Can't reccommend this book enough. The perfect prescription for anyone who feels stuck or lost in their artist journey.
Jondy Britton
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A journey inward as much as a guide to creativity
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I wouldn't bother with this one. It's just the same kind of essays and activities you find in The Sound of Paper (or probably The Artist's Way, but I'm going backwards) but fewer or them and shorter.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Im so glad I read this book & did all the exercises. Ive come back in Jan 2019 to say I am still using this book. I liked that it was done in a 12 step fashion. I dont think there is anything wrong with that, but then I am biased and think many of us could do with having some of the lessons from the AA 12 Step Program in our lives ...more
Muneeb Iqbal
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
In the start this book was boring for me as I grade my self as very logical person and not into art or some thing (at least i used to think before this book). This book forced me to think more about my self and I think either you are logical or what ever your mbti type is or your personality is you are an artist in what ever you do and there are many creative killing points for you. Creativity is not easy; similarly you are so involved in your life that u don't give time to pamper your self but ...more
Susan Botich
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even though I finished this amazing workbook a few weeks ago (it's a 12-week course book), it's still difficult for me to say fully how I feel about the course/workshop. This book is a very comprehensive workbook focused on helping the reader open his/her creative potential. Each of the 12 chapters is a week's worth of varying tasks and exercises, sometimes feeling a bit daunting to me. But, then again, the goal of the workbook is to get the reader/participant to engage in creative thinking, ...more
Apr 03, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I am very resistant to The Artists Way, particularly on account of what I have heard about the morning pages. However, I am looking for ways to add some structure to my creative life and there don't seem to be resources dedicated to actors. Besides, I love workbooks. They carry such a sense of accomplishment.

I've been working with this book for about 6 weeks now and am really enjoying it. The language is ridiculously new-agey but writing 3 pages in the morning is really fantastic. There is also
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Somewhere around Chapter Nine, my reading of this book trailed off and life took over - in a good way. The book did me an enormous amount of good, and I recommend it to anyone who's in an existential crisis about their creative work and who doesn't mind encountering the word "God" from a Christian world-view. I may come back to it again. It took me places I didn't think I would go, and I feel clearer and stronger now than I did before reading it. Affirmations are one of the primary tools used ...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 ...more

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