The Artist’s Way review

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I realize this says workbook but it is the book that I read – not the workbook. 

Goodreads says:

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century

I’m not really all that sure why but this book did nothing to help my creative juices flow.  It says it is “a spiritual path to higher creativity” and while I found it interesting – I don’t feel like I’ve moved to a higher creativity level. 

One of my friends recommended it to me to “unblock” my writer’s block.  Maybe it didn’t work because I don’t have writer’s block, at least not in the traditional sense.  I don’t write because I feel like I don’t have enough time.  Writing for me is something I have to get into the correct frame of mind for.  If I’m writing a romance, I have to think about romance to get in the mood before I start writing.  I can’t seem to stir up the emotions needed to write.

I have a general idea for a new story and I’m trying to get it outlined – but this is like the twentieth story that I have said that about this year.  I eventually get them outlined but never get them started.  How sad is that?

Anyway, back to the review.  I also can’t admit to having followed the program on a weekly basis – I worked on it a week or two and then came back to it after a couple weeks doing other things.  I can say that part of my creative problem is working nights.  I NEVER feel like I get enough sleep which leaves me so very tired.  This is my second day off and I have didn’t do much of anything but sleep and hang out.  Tomorrow will be a higher energy day and the one after that will be even higher – but then I go back to work and slide right back down into insomnia.  Sigh.

Give the book a try – it has had a lot of success – maybe I will try it again in a year or two.  I give it a B+.


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