The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

The Artist's Way

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 descr...


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TitleThe Artist's Way
ISBN9781585421466
Author
Release DateMar 4th, 2002
PublisherTarcherPerigee
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages237 pages
GenreNonfiction, Art, Self Help, Language, Writing, Spirituality
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Reviews The Artist's Way

  • Kate
    2009-02-13
    Julia Cameron works my last nerve. She's always talking about looking out at the sun-dappled mesas of New Mexico, or using some other affected, high-falutin' lingo about her gloriously new age, trendy life. Meanwhile, I look out at the cracked concrete of my driveway in the Chicago drizzle and wonder how us normal people ever survived without people like Julia Cameron telling us about their fantastically charmed lives. However, I like the little ...
  • Lena
    2007-07-26
    This is a really difficult book for me to rate. At the time I first read it fifteen years ago, it did wonders to open me up creatively. I was still struggling to slough off some negative parental programming about being a writer, and this book (along with a good friend) helped give me permission to explore that side of myself.Since that time, however, my belief system has changed so radically that I no longer agree with a number of the book’s f...
  • Byron
    2011-09-18
    On the whole, the key to the Artist's Way is selfishness. That is something I fundamentally disagree with. You should not skip your child's soccer game to paint your masterpiece. Your kid is the masterpiece. All of the relationships in your life are masterpieces. I use that as an example but there are other moments in this book where self-indulgence at the expense of others is encouraged. This is loathsome.So why didn't I just give the book and t...
  • Jerome
    2009-01-19
    My New Year's resolution for 1998 was to finally actually DO the Artists' Way. I had given it to several people close to me for the last three holidays, but I had never actually done the process. This is not a book to read. It is a book to do and it promises major life changes in 13 weeks. I was desperate to find a new way to make a living and decided to give this my best shot. 13 weeks later there was no epiphany. I still didn't know where to go...
  • Annie
    2008-04-07
    Another book that has changed my life! (See also: The Runner's Handbook!) I have started this book many times and not finished my 12-week (or more) commitment, but this time, when I got to the point where I wanted to give up, I kept on going, and let me tell you where I am now, as a result of this:I pitched my memoir to agents in February.I am taking acting lessons.I have started wearing clothes I like every single day!I am planting a garden.I ha...
  • Kathleen
    2007-09-28
    A book to cheer you on when you feel like you can only look longingly at your passion (writing, painting, drawing...) because the dog needs a walk and the kids need a bath, and you've bills to pay so you've just come home from a job that took you from the house and back to it without a glimpse of the sun.
  • Gayle Pitman
    2012-07-18
    I was introduced to The Artist's Way back in 2005 when I took a college class on creativity. If I hadn't signed up for that class, I'm sure I would have never picked up this book. I expected The Artist's Way to be full of fluffy, New-Agey platitudes, and I approached it with cynicism and skepticism. However, I kept an open mind. I read each chapter thoroughly. I did the morning pages every day and an artist's date once a week. I did a handful of ...
  • Pewterbreath
    2008-01-08
    Look, for writers and artists whatever inspires you to create is a good thing. However, I found this book (For me) to be too "I am an artist, I am bohemian, I create" attitude. Writing (or any of the arts) has a greater verity for my when it's a little less "GIFT OF THE GODS" and a little more "craft." The most successful creators view their work as a craft in the same manner that a furniture maker or a bricklayer would, in my experience. Also wh...
  • Rosie
    2007-05-04
    I read and did the exercises in this book during the most intense professional and personal time in my life. It was a life-changer because it allowed me to articulate my life purpose which is fundamentally about using my voice and helping others to find theirs. I recommend this book often.
  • Michael Laflamme
    2014-08-31
    http://mrlshelflife.wordpress.com/201...The Artist’s Way, while it contains some gems, is an overall disappointment. I’ve started it several times and it took me this fourth time to get all the way through. I had previously blamed my inability to finish it more on myself than on the work in general. The book taken as a whole comes across as pop psychology mixed with a heavy dose of New Age philosophy. There is a lot of talk about nurturing th...
  • k.wing
    2010-08-26
    I recently completed the 12-week book on my own, and I think that it was very well put together. I was already on my way to discovering a few of the main drivers in the book, but it would have taken me many years to collect them. I have been inspired by this book, and it has helped me work through things, instead of ignoring big problems with my creative process and trying to push them aside. A few of the reviews haven't been so kind for this boo...
  • Stephanie
    2010-12-15
    I read The Artist's Way a few years ago and could see the benefits of actually doing the work in it. But, of course, I never did it. So I thought I would listen to the book and refresh my memory, and again I feel it would do me good. But will I do it this time?I have many other artists friends who have read it and also planned on doing it, but I don't know if they have either...The Artist Way is a book written to unblock artist of a kinds, writer...
  • Erin
    2008-01-15
    I took the plunge into this book and, like several of my friends, did not make it all the way through (the closest I came to finishing was chapter 10 ... even when i revisited the book a few years later). However, the ground I did cover helped me get more honest with myself about my creative interests. I think I've made some choices in my life that, in hindsight, I might not have made had I not had experience with this book.I think that's what is...
  • pani Katarzyna
    2013-06-27
    Okay, I read over a half and this is cheating a little bit but I am so DONE with the book! And I do believe that enduring through 150 pages of this entitles me to regard it as absolutely "read". Any book that recommends affirmations is not good for much else but using it as a beer coaster. Then there's this constant babbling about some God the Creator - Whatever. There's more pseudo-psychotherapeutic talk than any actual propositions of inviting ...
  • Bonita Rose
    2007-07-08
    the perfect 'bible' for any creative soul.
  • Jean
    2007-09-08
    First read this book with a class in 1997. Oh, the disgruntling over morning pages. Oh, the looks of sheer hatred I got when I announced I'd given myself permission to write morning pages at the end of the day because I knew I wouldn't get them written otherwise. Re-read in 2006 with GB to get ready to facilitate an expressive writing support group. Those pages are now lovingly known as the whatever pages. This book gives permission, and I think ...
  • Elizabeth
    2009-01-05
    I worked through this book from the beginning of September till now. For me, it was helpful. I liked how Cameron was able to illuminate in a gentle, eloquent way, how an artist can become blocked. Some of her concepts such as "nervous-reading" (a word of my own coining), were surprising, but I can see how mindless consumption of information--of anything at your fingertips--can create difficulties. I haven't read other reviews, but I imagine that ...
  • Amy
    2013-09-08
    Today I finished the 12-week program in this book for the 4th time. The first time, I joined an online group that went through it. The second time, I attempted it alone. The last two times, I went through it with a local group that I gathered and facilitated.Every time, I learn something new -- about myself, about creativity, about my hopes and dreams. Sometimes, I find the essays and tasks cheesy and dumb. Other times, they are exactly what I ne...
  • Tj
    2008-03-12
    A friend told me she was doing the 'Artist Way', and asked me to do it with her. I figured, why not.As an aspiring writer, the book, definatly had some appeal, but kind of lost me as I progressed through it. It's obviously written for people who are not 'artists' per say, but would like to be. The first chapter was about overcoming mental obstacles (like being afriad that you'll become poor and get AIDS from being an artist...).It's also a very k...
  • Chris Wolak
    2012-06-16
    If you were an adult in the late 1990s and don't know this book, you were either living under a rock or never set foot inside a bookstore or library or community center for that matter. I was living in Reno and then in Charlotte, NC when the book's popularity hit its zenith and there were Artist Way groups that got together at bookstores, libraries, community centers, and coffee shops.The biggest takeaway for me was morning pages--writing, by lon...
  • Sara Thompson
    2011-09-08
    I picked up this book from the library when a friend of mine asked a group of us to go through the book with her. The Artist's Way is designed to be worked through over 12 weeks. Because it was a library book, I did it in six. My friends had started the book a few weeks before me but I still think I finished first. The concept is to learn how to nurture your creative side and avoid creative blocks. I had picked up the book years ago but it didn't...
  • Leila
    2016-04-07
    قبلا این کتاب رو جاهای دیگه دیده بودم و خیلی سرسری ازش رد شدم.کتاب های روانشناسی مرتبط به رشته ام زیاد خوندم ولی این با بقیه فرق داشت،خیلی به صورت عملی کمکت میکرد و ناخودآگاه روت تاثیر میذاشت که دونه دونه تمرین های گفته شده رو به خواست خودت انجام بدی(...
  • Satia
    2010-04-29
    I read this ages ago when my mother gave me a copy for my daughter. I read it before I gave it to her and I credit the practice of Morning Pages with giving me the strength I needed to get a divorce. I definitely needed the emotional push.Years later, I led a book group on this book and we had a wonderful time working through the book, growing closer as a group and feeling stronger in our individual ways of being artistic.Years later, my mother s...
  • Donna
    2016-03-15
    I knew within the first few minutes of this, that this was not a book for me. I can't say I liked this, but I can't say I didn't either. It just didn't apply to me. It was a book-challenge book I had to read which is the only reason it appeared in my pile. So once I knew that this wasn't going to be helpful to me, I changed my attitude, and thought I'd look for positive messages. So, I realized it was a positive and encouraging message to those w...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2012-10-06
    I read this one a few years back and remember being disappointed. I did enjoy the morning pages and exercises the most. I found the "inspirational stuff" too far out there for me, and it didn't help my personal muse. It seems to help others, though, just not my thing, too new-agey if this makes sense.
  • Alexandra Sokoloff
    2015-04-04
    From the beginning of the year been insanely busy - emphasis on “insane” - with all the preparation and marketing involved with the Huntress series, relaunching Huntress Moon and Blood Moon and launching Cold Moon with Thomas & Mercer in a rollout over just five months.But that’s not all there’s been to it. The last part of last year was really hard, in a professional sense.The delays in the release of Cold Moon made me anxious and depres...
  • Farnoosh Brock
    2013-04-29
    I Love Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way. This is a book that has given me true permission to recognize my own creative genius and to realize that it is NOT too late to become the artist I might have been. Julia's writing voice is divine, she speaks gently but she puts her brilliant ideas out there firmly, because she knows they work and she wants you to believe that for yourself. This book is NOT for the painter, the poet, the musician and the po...