The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist's life. Still as vital today-or perhaps even more so-than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist's Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist's Way for a new century.
Reviews of: The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
There’s a reason this workbook is considered a classic. Julia Cameron’s 12-Week program is a godsend for me as a blocked and unmotivated writer. Though I’ve been writing since I was a child, I’ve always lacked discipline and self-confidence; refusing to believe I could be a “real” writer. The Artist’s Way has helped me see that a “real” writer is someone who writes...the end.
By following her program, Julia helped me strengthen my creativity while bring more order to my writing. Additionally it’s helped me overcome my fear of failure and lack of confidence...something so many of us deal with. Following Cameron’s program is like having a mentor; someone who believes in me and helps me understand that I truly capable of achieving the things I dream of.
I’d recommend The Artist’s Way to any writer struggling to overcome their self-imposed limitations. We really are our own worst enemies...but we can also become our own biggest supporters. And The Artist’s Way is an amazing step in that direction
It is indeed a special art through which one can bring out the hidden talents of people and that is what exactly Julia Cameron has done through the book "The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity". I got an opportunity to read this book about five years back and to my surprise my unexplored writing skill came out and today I am writing articles as a ghost writer for many agencies. Basically I am inclined towards spiritualism which helped me to develop my writing skill and this book showed me the path to become a successful writer. I am sure this book is capable of bringing out the best qualities of human being and make him a successful person in his specialized field. I am very happy to recommend this book to those young people who are not sure about their strength and weaknesses.
I love books on writing and books on creativity. This was more for artists than for writers, but my mother thought I would like THE ARTIST'S WAY anyway.
Boy was she wrong.
The book is full of new age spirituality. If that's your thing, fine, you'll love the book. For me, though, I hated it. THE ARTIST'S WAY just oozed cheese and platitudes through every word, and I couldn't stand it.
I suppose it has some helpful messages about allowing spirituality to influence your work and what you do. If you're not a spiritual person, as I am, then it will just bug you a lot. Give the book a miss.
I have been working with this work for a decade now, and although I know the exercises for each week like the back of my hand, the results never cease to amaze me. Julia Cameron shares with us a couple tools for the process that I have used with phenomenal success throughout the years: The Artist's Date and Morning Pages. The idea is that using these tools you nurture your Inner Artist, bypass your Inner Critic, and bypass your creative blocks. Morning Pages is a way to get past your stinking thinking and worries, get them on the page, and move on. I have sometimes even used them as creative writing exercises, stream of consciousness-style works that boost my creative confidence, leading me to spend more time on creative work and experience REAL success in my work. I cannot say enough about this book. As long as you do the work, it can change your life.
Great Book. I have read it two months ago and my writing improved significantly. I have faced several serious blocks before, and just couldn't get myself to write anything. 'The Artist's Way' really made a good influence on me. The writer goes into depth about all the thoughts that make a person block himself from writing, all the hidden tendencies that prevent one from unleashing all his creative power. No more!
Another thing that I liked in this book, is that it is also very practical in nature and provides helpful exercises to improve creativity, such as the Morning Pages which is very helpful.
I highly recommend it.
This book is the creativity bible! It doesn't matter if you've been writing for your entire life or are just wanting to get started, this book is invaluable. A lot of books like this are filled with anecdotes that aren't really helpful, or they don't give you any meaningful course of action. The Artist's way covers you in every possible way, from real-life stories, exercises, and some of the most life-changing advice you'll ever get.
This book introduced me to the idea of morning pages, and I've been doing them every day now for years. Morning pages are what you write after you get up, before tackling your serious writing. What you do is just write, no matter how senseless or silly, to clear the junk and prime your mind for the good writing.
There's even practical advice here for creating groups based on these practices, but this is aimed for solitary use. I recommend this to everyone who says they are creative, or want to be creative.
Creativity is really a hard thing to "pin down". How can you measure it? How can you contain it? How can you produce it? This book makes you think about that differently. Not to try to contain or put a number on creativity, but to open up the avenues in your life that creativity are drawn from, and letting the wonder of your mind unleash its concealed creativity. Really, people that are at least slightly creative will read this, the people who don't care will think this book is crazy but for those that are in touch with who they are and who they want to become, this book will help get them there.
I think most people read this book to help them on their individual creative paths. However, after a few months of suffering through a group artistic drought, I formed a 'book club' of sorts with some friends to see if this book would help kick start us all back into action. As it happened, it did.
Julia Cameron offers the common sense solutions that we all know but put aside- make time to write, make time to observe- make these things part of your daily schedule, rather than just indulgences you take part in when you 'have time'. Once you've got the common sense practices down, she gets to work on the 'deep cleaning' bit of breaking down writer's block. She goes to the source, asking 'what is causing you to hold back?'. She addresses the spirit-killing powers of fear, guilt, etc, and helps you move past them.
I highly recommend this book. Read it with friends if you can. Between their encouragement and the book's sound advice, you might get past that block after all!
The Artist's Way skips most of the philosophizing and actually gets you out there doing and creating right from the start. I found this to be perhaps more useful for writers, but as a visual artist I also benefited greatly from it.
There's no idleness here, Cameron starts right in with daily journaling, field trips and other exercises. Even for people who don't consider themselves artists, this is a fabulous program to jump start any kind of creativity ... I believe that when finished, this book will help just about anyone live with more fullness and creativity throughout their lives.
I borrowed this book from a friend, and she didn't get it back from me for a LONG TIME! This book is a priceless resource for anyone who is struggling from writer's block in particular. It's also a great resource for anyone with an artistic interest who feels blocked/jaded/confused/burned out with their art.
The author encourages people to journal daily and get out all the extra fodder that clouds our thoughts through creativity. I have to admit that I was hesitant at first to do so, but the more I have disciplined myself to do it, the more I find that just regular writing (even though my art is both writing and music) helps me immensely to get out all my "I have to do this. This has to get done. I'm worried about this" extra thoughts and hone in on my artistic and creative desires.
This book is an amazing resource. It does have a spiritual aspect to it, so if you're one who objects to using any sort of higher power to help you, you may have to work harder to find what you need from this book. That's not to say, however, that I wouldn't still recommend it to you.
This book is literally a workshop all in itself. I loved working on my personal journal every day and I learned so much about myself. I was able to really set goals for myself and have some great breakthroughs.
This book is easy to read and easy to follow. The activities are great and reading one chapter a week makes the book just fly by. I highly recommend this book to everyone I know. I've done the first few chapters a couple of times and I'm sure I will read it all again and again.
It's just great for anyone looking for a breakthrough in creativity. I wrote an entire screen play!
I absolutely love this book, and credit it with turning my life around during a very difficult creative period. Depressed and uninspired with my work, I had wandered into the local Barnes and Noble, and as I checked out the self-help section in the hopes of finding something that would change around my perspective, I came across this book and thought, "That's exactly what I need". It was the first book I had seen that addressed the subject of creativity and served as a guide for an artistic person's life.
Well, it truly changed the way in which I approach all of my creative work. Not only did it unblock me, but, ten years later, I still do many of the exercises in it - especially the Morning Pages, which has become such an ingrained habit, I cannot start off my day without doing it.
If you pursue any kind of freelance, artistic, or creative work, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It will provide you with skills to always be able to handle blocked creativity, and will show you how to overcome it.
I got this book as a gift one Christmas and it sat on a shelf for months. I thought it was to be one of those touchy-feely books that don't have much substance and make you "visualize the new you." So, I was surprised by what I did find in the book when I actually started reading it. What I got out of the book was more along the lines of little things you can do in your own life to bring creativity into your life without having to up-root your family, life, home, etc. One of the suggestions was to keep a daily journal. To just get yourself to write one page every day. And the author gave us the freedom to write anything - even if you simply had to write the same word over and over. The book was attempting & at least for me succeeded in getting me to bring creativity in my life. If you are trying to recapture something lost - this is a good book to read.
I’m always tempted by distractions, looking for them, searching for them, and giving in to them, especially when it comes to discipline in the aspect of writing. I sit and stare at the screen. Or when it comes to sketching for art class: I sit in front of an empty sketchbook, and then it happens. My mind wanders. And then I realized, if I’m going to be distracted, it might as well be by something such as this: a book about finding a higher level of creativity. It’s ironic, isn’t it?
I suppose the term “artist” can be applied to many, many different aspects of creativity. One reason I like this book so much is that instead of it having that all-too-common preachy-tone, it had a sort of gentle aura and I enjoyed the sort of creative “prompts” that it inspired. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their sense of creativity.
My boyfriend and I have an ongoing argument about whether fear or laziness is more likely to keep someone from action. He claims it’s laziness, but my answer is fear.
Julia Cameron would seem to agree with me. Her book, a classic for “blocked” artists, outlines a 12-week program for “creative recovery.” Week one is devoted to the tension between “the dream of action and the fear of failure.”
I discovered The Artist’s Way nearly two years ago, and it became I lifeline for me as I recommitted myself to singing.
The book’s numerous exercises helped me discover and confront the fears that held me back from fully pursuing my dream.
Self-acceptance and the freedom to fail have been essential to me as I’ve taken new artistic risks, and they are woven throughout Cameron’s recipe for success.
The spiritual overtones in The Artist’s Way might not appeal to all readers. However, I found it easy to “translate” these into my own words, and I highly recommend the book to anyone who has fallen into a creative rut.
The Artist’s Way
This is a wonderful and inspirational book, not only for artists but for anyone that is seeking empowerment and self-awareness. Ms. Cameron believes and I concur that creativity is something that we all possess. We are all artists in some way. The book shows us how to tap into the creative force within. I have taken the 12 week course many times over the years and learn something new each time. I have read this book at least six times and glean something from the author’s words with each reading. The author shows us ways to tap into our creative force and learn to express it without feeling that art is something that should not be explored as society has taught us. She believes as I do that there is a link between artistic ability and spirituality.
The spiritual aspect of The Artist's Way gives the creative search a deeper focus. Each chapter contains part of the process, with exercises building on what is explained. The many suggestions make the book appropriate for a wide variety of people. However, there is a focus on writing a journal entry every morning. It is unlike other approaches I have come across, and continues to work well for me. However, if you have an aversion to writing, this book may not be for you.