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Only helpful for real beginners
on 17 December 2015
(NB This is different to The Artist’s Rule, which is an excellent book). I was really looking forward to this, because so many writer friends had recommended it to me, but ultimately I was left disappointed by it.
She writes about encouraging people to become more creative, but does so in a very authoritarian (and therefore non-creative) way, and her thesis is basically that you need to write morning pages (a certain number of words each day of whatever is on your mind to get the critical-editing-demons out of the way) before you do anything creative. EVERY DAY. OR IT WON’T WORK. DON’T ARGUE WITH ME.
This doesn’t work for me: I have so little time and energy, that when I get a chance to write, I need to use those words on the projects I need to write. I much prefer the approach of Natalie Goldberg in inspiring writers, which is to couple interesting, short prompts with stunningly good writing and storytelling, with a friendly, chat with a friend tone.
However, I think this book could be immensely helpful for blocked creatives, or people who don’t know whether they are creative or not, and indeed a friend who loves this book read it when she was in that position and it changed her life. So – if you’re not sure whether you’re creative, this may well help you discover more of who you are as an artist; if you’re already writing, buy Natalie Goldberg instead.