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"Without The Artist's Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.” —Elizabeth Gilbert
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.
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“THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron is not exclusively about writing—it is about discovering and developing the artist within whether a painter, poet, screenwriter or musician—but it is a lot about writing. If you have always wanted to pursue a creative dream, have always wanted to play and create with words or paints, this book will gently get you started and help you learn all kinds of paying-attention techniques; and that, after all, is what being an artist is all about. It’s about learning to pay attention.”
--Anne Lamott, Mademoiselle
“The premise of the book is that creativity and spirituality are the same thing, they come from the same place. And we were created to use this life to express our individuality, and that over the course of a lifetime that gets beaten out of us. [THE ARTIST’S WAY] helped me put aside my fear and not worry about whether the record would be commercial.”
--Grammy award-winning singer Kathy Mattea
“Julia Cameron brings creativity and spirituality together with the same kind of step-by-step wisdom that Edgar Cayce encouraged. The result is spiritual creativity as a consistent and nourishing part of daily life.”
“I never knew I was a visual artist until I read Julia Cameron’s THE ARTIST’S WAY.”
--Jannene Behl in Artist’s Magazine
“Julia Cameron’s landmark book THE ARTIST’S WAY helped me figure out who I really was as an adult, not so much as an artist but as a person. And award-winning journalist and poet, Cameron’s genius is that she doesn’t tell readers what they should do to achieve or who they should be—instead she creates a map for readers to start exploring these questions themselves.”
--Michael F. Melcher, Law Practice magazine
“This is not a self-help book in the normative sense. It is simply a powerful book that can challenge one to move into an entirely different state of personal expression and growth.”
--Nick Maddox, Deland Beacon
“THE ARTIST’S WAY (with its companion volume THE ARTIST’S WAY MORNING PAGES JOURNAL) becomes a friend over time, not just a journal. Like a journal, it provokes spontaneous insights and solutions; beyond journaling, it establishes a process that is interactive and dynamic.”
--Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D., San Diego Union-Tribune
“If you really want to supercharge your writing, I recommend that you get a copy of Julia Cameron’s book THE ARTIST’S WAY. I’m not a big fan of self-help books, but this book has changed my life for the better and restored my previously lagging creativity.”
--Jeffrey Bairstow, Laser Focus World
“Working with the principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Cameron developed a three month program to recover creativity. THE ARTIST’S WAY shows how to tap into the higher power that connects human creativity and the creative energies of the universe.”
--Mike Gossie, Scottsdale Tribune
“THE ARTIST’S WAY is the seminal book on the subject of creativity and an invaluable guide to living the artistic life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published in 1992, it is a provocative and inspiring work. Updated and expanded, it reframes THE ARTIST’S WAY for a new century.”
--Branches of Light
“THE ARTIST’S WAY has sold over 3 million copies since its publication in 1992. Cameron still teaches it because there is sustained demand for its thoughtful, spiritual approach to unblocking and nurturing creativity. It is, dare we say, timeless.”
--Nancy Colasurdo, FOXBusiness
Praise for VEIN OF GOLD, the second volume in the ARTIST’S WAY trilogy
“For those seeking the wellspring of creativity, this book, like its predecessor, is a solid gold diving rod.”
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- Publisher : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; Anniversary edition (March 4, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 237 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1585421464
- ISBN-13 : 978-1585421466
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 1.17 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.4 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #310,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I recommend this book to all people, even those who don’t think that they’re creative because really, when we allow our inner child to come out and play, we have much more joy in our lives and this will allow us to be creative in other areas in our personal and professional life.
Whatever job that you are in, you may think it does not involve creativity. You’ll be wrong. There are elements of creativity in everything that we do. Be a fuller person so that you are just much more integrated with all that you are so that you reach your fullest potential.
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2019
To call it a creative self-help book seems diminutive to a book that is therapy, self-empowerment, journaling, philosophy, psychology, and more all in one. Going through this book and the included exercises has made me more confident creatively, in better touch with my feelings, more aware of my upbringing and the steps I should take to address related drawbacks, better able to support creative friends, and simply more at peace with life.
Amidst such a wealth of glowing reviews there's little need to go into further detail, so I will conclude by simply saying that while I've read other excellent books on writing and creativity (chief among them Bird by Bird, Hey Whipple, Squeeze This!, On Writing [Stephen King], and Writing Down the Bones), I can unequivocally say that The Artist's Way has been the best and most influential by far.
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The premise is Julia Cameron wondered why some people become 'blocked', as in writers block, but also in terms of being able to create and enjoy creating naturally and freely. She wondered why so many folk who 'always wanted to be an artist' never pick up a brush. The results of her mullings and own journeys were this book.
It's a course of insightful personal exercises to enable you to free up and unblock your creativity. Each chapter has a theme; "Recovering a sense of..." Safety, Identity, Power, Integrity, Possibility... etc. Each chapter finishes with a range of hands-on self reflective tasks/challenges you do for yourself which continue the process and put it into practice.
I was taken aback by how deeply and insightfully the prose in the book spoke to me; I have scarcely read something which does that. Though I was skeptical of the bold claims made in the opening chapter as soon as I started doing the tasks, Bam!, I was creating again. That novel I always wanted to do I am now doing, those art classes I was too nervous to take I am now taking...
A very valuable book. And don't be put off by thinking it's all just personal meditations - the exercises are practical 'Do X' and as you do it you begin to see stuff happen.
Als es dann endlich da war, hab ich mich gleich hingesetzt und gespannt zu lesen begonnen.
Ab hier fing die Enttäuschung schon mal an; Seiten über Seiten in denen die Autorin sich selbst auf die Schulter klopft und erzählt wie toll das Buch doch anderen hilft.
Nun gut, da konnte ich mich noch irgendwie durchquälen.
Dann endlich, das tatsächliche Buch fängt an!
Nach 5 Seiten habe ich es dann weggelegt und es seither öfter probiert, es aber einfach nicht und nicht geschafft weiter zu lesen.
Dinge wie "The great creator", "Creativitiy is God's gift", "divine plan" - und mein "Favorit" "...we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction", machen es mir unmöglich, das Buch weiter zu lesen.
Bitte, bitte, bitte liebe Buchautoren, vermerkt dass doch irgendwo, wenn ein Buch religiöse Inhalte hat! Das mag nicht jede/r.
Das Buch ist ja auch nicht billig - da hätte ich mir schon gute neue Farben kaufen und vl. so wieder mehr die Freude am kreativ-sein entdecken können.
Ich kann noch so sehr probieren ,diese Worte gegen irgendetwas anderes auszutauschen, sie kommen einfach zu aufdringlich vor, als dass ich weiterlesen könnte. Es ist vor allem die Grundhaltung, die mir das Lesen unmöglich macht; Kreativität kommt nicht aus uns, sondern aus Gottes Hand. Die Grundaussage ist: du als Mensch bist nicht kreativ erst Gott macht dich fähig, die äußere göttliche Kraft usw.
Dieses Unmündig-machen finde ich absolut schrecklich, generell - und vor allem - wenn es um etwas persönliches, einzigartiges geht, wie die eigene Kreativität.
Irgendwo im Buch steht sogar irgendwas davon, dass unsere Träume von Gott kommen. Nicht mal die, gehören mehr uns!
Hilfe bitte, das halte ich nicht aus.
Selbst wenn ich versuche, wie erwähnt, das Gerede über Gott mit Dingen zu ersetzen die für mich Sinn machen (Natur, Tiere, Freundschaften, Liebe, Leben) - es ist einfach viel zu viel Bevormundung für meinen Geschmack.
Zwischendurch gibt es sicher noch sinnvolle Teile - vielleicht schaffe ich es ja mal weiter.