The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self Paperback – 2 Sep 2011
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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. --Amazon.com
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Practical tips for Creatives:
1. Make sure you have enough money to live and if possible, save up enough to pay your bills for 3 to 6 months. If that is not possible try and set aside some time every day or every week.
2. Decide how you want to be creative and book a course, buy an actual artistic instructions book. For this do some research and find living successful artists, who publish books and courses, there is also a ton a free content available online.
3. Do the work. The time you spend on the exercises in this book could be time spent practicing drawing or painting or sculpting or whatever you wish to do.
4. Artistic fulfillment and success come when you learn and practice and experience joy creating. That takes time and effort.
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.
The wisdom and hard-won experience leaps out of each page and inspires confidence in the reader to explore their own true destiny....knowing that they will benefit from focussing on Julia's suggested disciplines and mental approaches to creativity.....