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Letters to a Young Artist by Julia Cameron
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Jul 31, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: advice, art, education, history, humor, philosophy, psychology, religion, reference, teen-young-adult, work, writing
Recommended for: Anyone who creates anything

As a series of letters to an imagined (?) young artist, the book can be repetitive at times. But that is the nature of writing letters. Otherwise, Cameron's advice comes down a few basic tenets and habits, the main one of which is to develop a habit of creating your art every day, regardless of mood and circumstance. Once you decide to be an artist, you have to commit and work at being an artist in whatever medium you work in. Cameron does a good job of knocking down any romantic notions of art, and what it means to work as an artist. She does delve into spirituality, which can be a turnoff for some, but she has convincing reasons for doing so. Quick read, which makes it perfect for when a reminder is needed or when spirits are low.

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