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The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
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it was amazing
bookshelves: creativity, writers-essentials
Read 2 times. Last read April 4, 2017 to July 16, 2017.

Julia Cameron has a lot to say about creativity and says it well, yet there's still room for the reader to think and discover for themselves. I was amazed at how the reflection and journalling I did on one chapter led to conclusions and questions that were consistently unpacked in the NEXT chapter. Very clever.

The book is full of meaty quotes from other artists, but Cameron has a few quote-worthy statements herself. My favourite:

"The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”

My blog, Alphabet Soup has more of my thoughts about this worthwhile course and book.

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Quotes Alison Liked

Julia Cameron
“Survival lies in sanity, and sanity lies in paying attention...the capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way

Julia Cameron
“Progress, not perfection, is what we should be asking of ourselves.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Julia Cameron
“the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality. The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Julia Cameron
“Art is born in attention.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way
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Julia Cameron
“Art is not about thinking something up. It is about the opposite—getting something down.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way

Julia Cameron
“We must trust our process, look beyond “results.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Julia Cameron
“To be an artist is to recognize the particular. To appreciate the peculiar. To allow a sense of play in your relationship to accepted standards. To ask the question “Why?” To be an artist is to risk admitting that much of what is money, property, and prestige strikes you as just a little silly.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Julia Cameron
“Nothing dies harder than a bad idea.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Julia Cameron
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Julia Cameron
“True life is lived when tiny changes occur. LEO TOLSTOY Creative living requires the luxury of time, which we carve out for ourselves—even if it’s fifteen minutes for quick morning pages and a ten-minute minibath after work.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Julia Cameron
“success or failure, the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality. The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity


Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Other Paperback Edition)
April 2, 2017 – Shelved (Other Paperback Edition)
April 2, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read (Other Paperback Edition)
April 3, 2017 – Shelved
April 3, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
April 3, 2017 – Shelved as: creativity
April 3, 2017 –
page 9
4.02%
April 4, 2017 – Started Reading
April 5, 2017 –
page 40
17.86%
April 9, 2017 –
page 59
26.34%
April 22, 2017 –
page 78
34.82%
May 5, 2017 –
page 91
40.63%
May 7, 2017 –
page 110
49.11%
May 13, 2017 –
page 117
52.23%
June 2, 2017 –
page 130
58.04%
June 26, 2017 –
page 143
63.84%
July 15, 2017 –
page 180
80.36%
July 16, 2017 – Finished Reading
July 31, 2017 – Shelved as: creativity (Other Paperback Edition)
July 31, 2017 – Shelved as: writing (Other Paperback Edition)
June 15, 2019 – Shelved as: writers-essentials

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