The Artist’s Way: The Basic Principles


Clearing pathways and becoming a channel:
Just show up at the page and write down what you hear. Can it be that easy? Only, evidently, according to Julia, if you can get clear of all the clutter and dams that are obstructing the path of the creative flow.
Some more thoughts from the author that struck me:
– Creating is more like eavesdropping and less like inventing a b0mb.
– The artist is essentially a channel. Get out of the way and let it work through you.
– Creativity is our true nature
– Once we remove the blocks, the flow moves in
I can admit knowing a little of the feeling of what she is talking about in this chapter. I have gone into to what I call a right-brained state of consciousness where it is like someone else is writing, or maneuvering the paint brush. Some of my best work, if not all, occurred during periods like this. I hope I can learn how to control that more, then.

Artist’s Way – Introduction


I have made it through the Introduction and almost through the Basic Principles. One more chapter after that before I even get to Week 1. Sigh.   Persistence.

Julia claims we are all creative. That blocked painters will paint, broken poets will speak in tongues, and lame and maimed writers will race through final drafts …

She says it’s not too late (one of my big fears), that you’re not too egotistical or too selfish to work on your own creativity.

The Artist’s Way


I have started reading the Artist’s Way – by Julia Cameron. Again. I tried once before and didn’t get very far. I am going to try to make it through the whole book this time. I am already falling behind though, not reading every day, but I am not going to let that stop me. Persistence.