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The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life [Hardcover]

Julia Cameron
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31 Dec 1999
Here are techniques to help you make writing a natural, intensely personal part of life.
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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher (31 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874779375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874779370
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning writer Julia Cameron is the author of twenty-four books, fiction and nonfiction, including The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, The Vein of Gold, The Right to Write and The Sound of Paper. A novelist, playwright, songwriter and poet, she has extensive credits in theatre, film and television.

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Writing, for Julia Cameron, is neither solely vocational nor avocational: it is a way of life. It comes first thing in the morning, while the horses are waiting to be fed; it happens at the kitchen counter, while the onions are sautéing; it takes place on "dates" at café tables shared with like-minded friends; it unfurls in the mind as the 65 pickup "bucks over the rutted dirt roads like a stiff-legged bronco." The more than 40 brief personal essays that make up The Right to Write are an unyielding affirmation of the writing life and a denigration of all that gets in the way: busy schedules, procrastination, insecurity, lack of writing space, a day job--you get the point. Cameron's common-sense advice is liberating to anyone who has felt hampered by making a big deal out of writing (this "tends to make writing difficult. Keeping writing casual tends to keep it possible"), by not having the time to write ("Get aggressive. Steal time"), or the like. If you can relate to a spirit that compares writing to revelation, prayer and Zen pursuits, that might just attribute misguided communication to Mercury retrograde simpatico, then you will find much to embrace here. And you will never, never again dream of waiting for that commitment-free sabbatical in the south of France to get your writing project under way. --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'We should write because it is human nature to write' Julia Cameron For those jumping into the writing life for the first time and for those already living it, the art of writing will never be the same after reading this book. Provocative, thoughtful and exciting, you'll return to it again and again as you seek to liberate and cultivate the writer residing within you. This isn't a book of rules, which can stifle creativity - and certainly not about how to write that query letter, how to find a market for your work, or how to find a agent. It's about using writing to bring clarity and passion to the act of living. The secret's in breaking loose from the grip of your established thought process, to unleash the wave of creativity striving to express itself within. Here are techniques illustrative stories to help you make writing a natural, intensely personal part of life. And this book includes the details of Cameron's own writing processes when creating her best selling books, which include the phenomenal and world famous The Artist's Way and Vein of Gold. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and important creativity manual 2 Sep 2005
Format:Paperback
The Right to Write has had a dramatic effect on me as a person and a writer. To call it inspirational, as I have done above, is really an understatement. It reaffirms writing as a totally natural human endeavour which is something we forget when we allow ourselves to be bogged down with thoughts about what we 'should' be writing, or the purpose of writing, or what other people think we should be writing, or the outcome of writing (ie publication).
Julia Cameron reminds us that the process is as important as the product. Writing thus becomes a joyful experience rather than a painful or tortured one. For the author, writing is an intrinsic way of of exploring life and what we think and believe. It is a way of digesting our world and of releasing ourselves, of thinking more widely and freely. By the end of the book you will most definitely feel liberated from all your preconceptions and writers block.
For Cameron, letting go of the inner critic and getting into the habit of writing daily, without constantly checking and editing, is a goal we should aim for. It is ingrained in us to censor ourselves, to either find excuses for not starting in the first place, or for over-editing. This manual teaches you how to overcome your fears about facing the blank page. The book is a great self-esteem builder and is like a friend giving you some honest but feelgood advice. In my opinion writing is not simply therapy - it is much more than that. I am afraid that I am incorrigably atheistic, but even I feel that writing can have a deep spiritual dimension.
This is a book about creativity. It is not for those who want to learn the techniques of characterisation, plot, setting, theme etc. It is not in any way like the 'How to Write....' series that abound.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect encouragement 30 Sep 2000
Format:Paperback
This book is such an easygoing introduction to writing; at times its gentle encouragement convinced me to pick up pen and paper and start writing immediately! Julia Cameron treats writing as a pleasurable hobby, not as a serious business. At times, this book was more common sense psychology than writing advice. The writing exercises help focus you on writing from the heart, not for profit. I loved every page in this book and can wholeheartedly recommend it.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, encouraging, reassuring. 7 Mar 2001
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Format:Paperback
Deals with almost everything a writer will probably have to face from self doubt to blocks through to 'will I ever get published'. Cameron is a very wise and inspirational woman who can call upon many years of successful writing and teaching experience. A wonderful book to have by your side as your embark on your writing projects.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book which delivers results 4 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book arrived at Friday lunch time. By Saturday afternoon with 8 chapters to go I had to leave the book unfinished and get down to writing. Such was it's power. Now, a week on, I have filled a pad of A4 with poems, anecdotes, stories and articles.
Julia's advice is just right. Forget about wanting to publish, finding a market, or being a "Great Writer" and get down to putting black scrawl on blank pages. I've taken her advice and got on with writing 3 pages of stream of consciousness A4 longhand every morning. I've found it has helped me find a "voice" in a way I never have before inspite of coming to writing again and again over the years.
Julia Cameron is funny, likeable, and readable. Her book is an exploration of her own methods of working and short, practical exercises to limber up the writing muscles. I enjoyed reading about her life every bit as much about her ideas on how to write.
A good, easy read that opens up endless possibilities. Thank you Julia.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The behind the scenes process of simply writing. 30 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have read magazines and journals on the writing life but never anything quite like this. This was an amazing find I simply happened on after listening to Julia speak on PBS. The book was so informative, so stress reducing. If you aren't a writer reading this books makes you want to do just that. If you are a writer, I could see where many of the chapters would greatly assist one to ride the ebb and flow that goes with coming up with the good story.
There is something in this little book for anyone willing to take pen to page. She is some great creativity tips. None of her ideas get in the way of anyone deciding what or how to write. The book is more of a prompt, a lubricant. I am reading the elements without focusing on the exercises at the end but I am glad they are there. This feels like a two read book. One to set the mood, get the process going and when ready, I'll tackle those little chapter endings.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Cameron has devised a great book with very useful exercises for those of us who want to write again. I was very surprised to find that the chapters really do open the reader up to these unexpected lessons. I recommend this to anyone who wants to return to the writer's mindset and remember what it's like to have a child-like mentality about this craft.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A happy book that gave me the go-ahead 14 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
to by-pass the angst and just write, for its own sake. Invaluable ways to bring out, listen and use the richness of life, its wonders, its horrors, and myself, my aspirations, my terrors and put them on the page. The core point (for me) of the book: writing is not a big deal, it's something that's fun, or more, to do. Julia's voice is so clear, so straight, so fluid. Well worth reading as a guide to living, for the value it places on making a commitment to anything that you truely care about and standing up for it. Wonderfully affirming of the writing life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all writers
The wonderful thing about this book is that it doesn't tell you HOW to write but asks you WHY you write. Inspirational and encouraging. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anita Belli
1.0 out of 5 stars First class book and delivery
I have never said this before but: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life has
has changed my life!!! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jenny McCombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and inspiring!
I absolutely love this book and the free and flowing way in which it is written!

Julia's gentle encouragement inspires your inner writer to leap from it's box and start... Read more
Published 13 months ago by ChrissyFaery
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little guide to encourage you to write
I really enjoyed using this little book. It set clear little writing projects which really encouraged my creative duties.
Published on 28 Jun 2011 by Lindessa
4.0 out of 5 stars The Right to Write; An invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life
Very speedy delivery and really good condition apart from the writing on the back page. I don't mind as it is for me but I would have been embarrassed if it had been a present for... Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by Neate-Neate
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right to Write
If you are looking for a step by step guide on how to write an article, a biography, a short story or a novel, this is not your book. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2009 by Mrs. M. Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone can do it!
This book shows how anybody can write, how it is something we were meant to do. It walks you through how to do it, when to do it and how it is meant to be enjoyed! Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2009 by Mrs. J. E. Wilks
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless creative writing . . .
This is the one book that successfuly re-kindled my passion for writing. Julia Cameron's advice is simple, yet effective . . . Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2009 by Adisha Kariyawasam
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book - Got me writing and enjoying the process
I have always wanted to write and have always thought that writing was not for me. This book changed all that. I am now writing and writing and writing some more. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2008 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING
Julia Cameron's increasing love affair with words becomes more and more evident as this book progresses. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2007 by J. P. Henderson-Long
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