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Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity [Hardcover]

Julia Cameron
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Book Description

Nov 2002

Walking in this World presents the next step in Julia Cameron's course of discovering and recovering the creative self. The Artist's Way, a classic cherished by aspiring and working artists who have experienced its benefits, is a groundbreaking book that offered an original and astoundingly effective 12-week course in recovering inherent creativity by minimising life's 'blocks' - self sabotage, jealously, guilt, lack of confidence and other inhibiting forces. Walking in this World shows readers how to inhabit this world with a sense of renewed creativity. Full of valuable new strategies and techniques for breaking through difficult creative ground, this is the 'intermediate-level' of the Artist's Way programme.

A profoundly inspired work by the leading authority on the subject of creativity, Walking in this World is destined to become a true classic.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher; First Printing edition (Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585421839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585421831
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 18.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 668,389 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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In Walking in This World Julia Cameron offers a 12-week course crammed full of practical tips on how to rejuvenate the creative life. What happens when you get stuck and can't create? What should you do when you can't solve a problem or move into the next stage of goal achievement? Take a walk. Seriously. Cameron, who has already written successfully on the science of human creativity, suggests that a weekly walk helps to clear the mind, focus the energies and re-establish the priorities. Her advice is not just for artists, writers and musicians. Everyone has areas of life where creative problem solving is required. Cameron believes that getting in touch with the deep sources of inspiration will help us solve business problems, relationship problem and become more spiritual, whole and positive as individuals.

Along with the practical suggestions, on every page there are memorable quotes from creative people that support Cameron's point. While this book is practical and inspiring, like many self-help books, it is over-written and repetitious. Cameron's advice is excellent, but she could probably have made her points in half the space. Sometimes her own creativity errs on the side of cliché and sentimental excess, but despite these criticisms, Walking in This World points a way forward for those who are seeking a more meaningful, creative and spiritual way of life. --Dwight Longenecker --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Walking in this World picks up where the international bestseller The Artist's Way left off, highlighting an amazing journey towards discovering our creative potential --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Artist's Way? 27 Mar 2008
I read this book a long time ago but I do recall that I found it more to my taste than The Artist's Way (although I also found The Artist's Way useful at the time). I'm writing this review mostly to balance another reviewer's very negative 1 star rating. While Walking in this World did repeat some of what was in The Artist's Way I found the additional information very useful.

I won't go into specifics as it was quite a while since I read Walking in this World but I do remember being inspired by it at the time. I now find I refer more to Eric Maisel's Fearless Creating: A Step-by-step Guide to Starting and Completing Your Work of Art (Inner Work Book) but would still recommend this book if you liked Cameron's The Artist's Way and would like to read more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A light version of The Artist's Way 14 Dec 2009
By Lou Ice
If I'd not read and studied The Artist's Way and The Vein of Gold I would've given this book 5 stars. Even if the book is very good I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't as good as Cameron previous books.

Walking in this World feels like a repetition and a poor copy of The Artist's Way. The exercises are not as many and not as time-consuming as the ones in previous books. It's a light version and it's fine if you want to re-connect with your creativity and spirituality. For me it was perfect as I've been quite busy this year and it's been good going through a chapter now and again to help me get back on track.

Funnily enough each chapter has dealt with something I really needed to work on at that very moment. It's good with the constant reminders of claiming your right to solitude and support and also being protective of your work without isolating yourself totally.

Even if this book is more "passive" than The Artist's Way and Vein of Gold the essays are still well worth reading.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mining the same seam 3 May 2006
Julia Cameron has some interesting ideas and good self-development/self-awareness exercises. However,if you have already bought one of her books, leave well alone. This book seems to be a thinly disguised reworking of The Artists Way - and thus it has less to offer the audience than the author's bank balance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, helpful, inspirational 23 Mar 2009
By Amoyan
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Shame on Mr No Name for giving a measly one star to this lovely book (if he'd like me to point him in the direction of some books which are far more deserving of the one-star treatment I'd be happy to). Yes, this is very much a sequel to the Artist's Way, but it's just as delicious, thoughtful and inspiring and it has helped me greatly in many ways. I definitely recommend it. I love Julia Cameron's work and find her approach to be truly nurturing and comforting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sensible advice dressed up 24 Nov 2012
By Peasant TOP 100 REVIEWER
There is some good advice in this book, a few useful techniques, a great deal of popular psychology and some rather off-putting New Age waffle. The "spirituality" is of a very superficial kind. Cameron seems to be writing for the same audience as in The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self; the mid-life-crisis sufferer, frustrated housewife and those who like to think of themselves as creative, but haven't actually done anything to satisfy their own criteria. Sounds like I'm sneering, but Cameron makes money by running courses based on the materials in these books, and they have to be all things to all people to attract the punters.

Some of this stuff is useful. Some is inclined to promote self-pitying navel-gazing, a sense of "victimhood", and a lack of discrimination. I doubt that much of it os of any real, practical use to people with real talent. The gist is, "Believe in yourself, give yourself permission to just go ahead and do stuff". Easier said than done, and then again, what if you don't actually have any talent? Cameron does not address this issue for, to her, we are each and every one of us thwarted, talented artists. Unfortunately for the reader, if everyone is uniquely takented that doesn't give you much confidence. It's a bit like schools where the teachers routinely tell every child that their work is brilliant. The child soon sees through this; if everyone's is equally brilliant, then by the same argument everyone's is equally rubbish. Any sense of acheivement or progress is destroyed.

In the Guidelines at the end, Cameron states "Avoid self-appointed gurus". Dangerous thing to say, for what else is Cameron but a self-appointed guru?
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