And for you writers out there, this quote changed my perspective on writing (and “platform,” social media followers, and all the other stresses that come with writing for your living):
“Who knows? Maybe what you’ve written will help others, will be a small part of the solution. You don’t even have to know how or in what way, but if you are writing the clearest, truest words you find and doing the best you can to understand and communicate, this will shine on paper like its own little lighthouse. Lighthouses don’t go running all over the island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
This book was literally put into my hands by a friend whom I’d recently been complaining to about feeling stuck on a big writing project. She showed up at my door, handed me a brand new copy, then turned and walked away. Talk about synchronicity, God’s plan, a “note from the universe”, whatever you want to call it.
The Artist’s Way brought all the lessons from the above books together in one package. It’s more than a book though. It is work: a 12-week course that asks for at least a couple of hours of commitment every week. The work (weekly tasks, Artist’s Dates, Morning Pages) made me feel I was getting to know myself for the first time in my life! Many of the lessons have been life-changing – I can’t imagine starting a day without my Morning Pages.
Even though it says “artist” in the title, don’t let that throw you if you’re not an artist. This book is for anyone who needs creativity, humor, and a broader perspective in their life – and who doesn’t need those?!
I like this review by Michael Melcher, author of The Creative Lawyer, on the Amazon description: “Julia Cameron’s landmark book THE ARTIST’S WAY helped me figure out who I really was as an adult, not so much as an artist but as a person…. Cameron’s genius is that she doesn’t tell readers what they should do or who they should be — instead she creates a map for readers to start exploring these questions themselves.”