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The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

There is a lot of advice to help writers improve their craft and become better writers. Some advice is good, some tips are lovely, and some are awful.

Book cover of The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way (affiliate link) is a tool, not a system; it’s a book to help you find what works best. This course provides a solid foundation to get you started.

When you get the book, one of the first things you read is a promise you make to yourself. I’m providing them here for you as a checklist. It’s something that’s helped me over the years, and I feel confident it’ll help you, too.

The Artist’s Way Promise

  1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy; pure creative energy.
  2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves.
  3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.
  4. We are ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
  5. Creativity is god’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
  6. The refusal to be creative itself will and is counter to our true nature.
  7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good, orderly direction.
  8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
  9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
  10. Our creative dreams and yearning come from a divine source. As we move towards our dreams, we move towards our divinity.

“The Artist’s Way” is a guided experience to help you understand your creative process, learn to work through your fears, and develop the qualities of a successful artist. The book is a multi-level course that will give you practical tools to improve every area of your life.

The book itself is not the answer, but it can be a powerful tool if it gets you to make the introspective journey inward. It’s not a book for everyone, but it’s a book that can help everyone who chooses to walk down the path of creativity.

Published by Guilliean Pacheco

Guilliean Pacheco (she/her) is a Filipino-American full-stack writer by day and raconteuse by night. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from the University of San Francisco and is an Anaphora Arts poetry fellow. She's also a member of AIR, ACES, IWW FJU, and Uproot. She’s a misplaced California girl who lives in Las Vegas normally, if one could call living there normal, on Southern Paiute land. Virgo sun, Aquarius moon, Libra rising.

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