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The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Julia Cameron
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The Artist's Way provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It aims to dispel the 'I'm not talented enough' conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist. Its step-by-step approach enables you to transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replace them with self confidence and productivity. It helps demystify the creative process by making it a part of your daily life. Whatever your artistic leanings, this book will give you the tools you need to enable you to fulfil your dreams.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330343580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330343589
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive 12-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.

This book links creativity to spirituality by showing how to connect with the creative energies of the universe, and has, in the four years since its publication, spawned a remarkable number of support groups for artists dedicated to practising the exercises it contains.

About the Author

Julia Cameron is an active artist who teaches internationally. A poet, playwright, fiction writer and essayist, she has extensive credits in film, television and theatre, and is an award-winning journalist. Her groundbreaking books on creativity have become international bestsellers.

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424 of 431 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practising The Artist's Way 17 Mar 2002
On the flyleaf to this book, Julia Cameron is described as "an active artist". This is very apt because in The Artist's Way we have a very active book with a powerful practical application. Do not expect to read this book and be unaffected by it. I have been personally been amazed by the effect it has already had on my life within under a month of having purchased it. In fact, the impact was almost immediate.
I originally approached this book in a spirit of curiosity, merely to find out what it was about. The structure of the book is a twelve-week course on getting in touch with and unblocking your creativity based upon many years' successful delivery of the course by the author. Significantly, the term "recovering" your creative self is used so the process is likened to that of someone recovering from say alcohol or drug addiction but in this instance you are restoring the connection with a positive energy rather than abstaining from a harmful practice. If any harmful practice is indeed being renounced, it is the denial or suppression of your creativity. Rather than sign up, as it were, for the course right away, I skimmed through the whole book just to discover its main points. However, the two basic tools for creative recovery I adopted straight away. These are the morning ages and the artist date. The first is a commitment to write three pages, long hand, about anything that comes to mind when you awaken. The purpose of this exercise is to stifle your inner critic and clear out any blockages you might have that are holding you back. The second is to keep a date, on your own, every week for a couple of hours with your inner artist, your "artist child" as Julia Cameron refers to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic un-blocker! Inspire yourself 3 Mar 2001
I am not the type to buy any kind of self-help book - I gave it a try with this one and it has quite literally changed my life. It's for someone who has the will to try to look within themselves for their creativity, and it helps you see how to find *your* goals and no one else's. It doesn't tell you what to do, but helps you discover that for yourself by looking at your habits, relationship, beliefs and environment. Not for the meek, it takes some strong soul searching and real effort at things that may seem pointless. I'm now working my way through the book a second time and it's just as relevent a year on.
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181 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artists' Way PA Tenth Anniversary Edition 4 Feb 2004
The Artist's Way is truly a fantastic book. I started working with it over two years a go and although i tend to dip in and out of it, i do my morning pages every day and for this fact alone, i would like to highly recommend the book. It has helped me focus on my creativity and is encouraging, challenging, but also helps you to relax.
However, my main purpose for writing this review, is to warn people that this tenth anniversary edition is no different from the original Artist's Way except for the introduction. I bought this edition thinking that it may have many more insights and new excersises, but it doesn't - so just be warned! The new introduction basically gives and explanation of what Julia Cameron has been up to since she wrote the Artist's Way, which is interesting, but ultimately all that is different about this edition.
I would not say a word against the Artist's Way as it has totally changed my life and i would encourage anyone who is exploring their creativity to buy it!! Just don't expect anything new in the PA Tenth Anniversary Ed . .that's all - i'll be returning mine! But as a true testament to Julia Cameron, i will be returning mine to swap for her Right to Write!!! Sally Gross
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat yourself - you deserve it 30 Nov 2002
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Working through this book was for me a stage in life that I will never forget. The most freeing thing I got was that creativity has nothing to do with art. At the most basic level being creative is creating my life, its not about painting, drawing, writing, all those traditional expressions of art, unless thats what you want it to be about. The experience I gained was magical. I gained a previously unknown inner peace from working on these exercises. I got to live life as an adventure, where everything is new and anything is possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most liberating book I have read! 14 Jun 2001
I found this book while recovering from depression and addiction. Friends had been talking about it and I decided to try it for myself. Following the 12 week programme gave me back my love of cross stitch and my creativity. Suddenly I began stitching and designing again when I hadn't done anything for a year. I feel it has given me back that part of my life again plus more as I am now interested in writing creatively. I don't know where it will all lead to but wherever it is it will be better than the place I have been.
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The Artist's Way takes you through a 12 week journey to creativity, it is aimed not just at artists, but for anyone wishing to be creative. It is a work-book, with weekly tasks which helped me to unblock as a writer, have fun and also relax and enjoy life.
Since reading it my wife has become a full-time freelance designer and artist, her confidence has shifted amazingly, she is willing to believe it when people compliment her work (which happens a lot) and she pushes through set-backs and persists when the going's tough.
I've reawakaned my dream to be a writer and am currently working on a fantasy novel and a puzzle book. I met Julia Cameron at a seminar and she is very down-to-earth and practical, as well as being spiritual and kind. This book is an absolute must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Find your creative voice.
The best book I've read on creative writing this year. You will learn impressive techniques to turn writer's block into creativity. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not actually just for artists
Perfect gift for all artists and those struggling to let the inner artist out. You don't even read it all at once... A chapter a week is all you need to free your inner creative. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book was recommended to me by a very good art teacher
This book was recommended to me by a very good art teacher, so I was very disappointed to find that it was a load of religious New Age clap-trap! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kerri
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't want to use the phrase 'it changed my ...
I don't want to use the phrase 'it changed my life' but it certainly gave me a new perspective on my creativity.
Published 1 month ago by Mr R Uzar
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I Love it
Published 1 month ago by Karl F. H. Hesse
5.0 out of 5 stars An important resource for a new writer
A great way to clarify your thoughts and empty your mind ready to begin writing
Published 1 month ago by Clare Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STAR!
One of the best books, I've ever read. Easy to read and understand. Allowed me to be free from within.
Published 3 months ago by CherelleNatalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Great timeless topics. This book makes a fantastic book study with a group. Excellent activities suggested to help you recover, uncover or discover your creative self.
Published 3 months ago by Teresa Jean Hansen
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