If we’ve ever spoken for more than 7 minutes, I’m likely to have brought up the Artists’ Way by Julia Cameron.
I thought it was worth trying to explain what and why it is. If nothing else, this should make me more able to articulate its importance in the future.
So what is it all about:
- It’s 12 weeks
- It’s about artistic discovery and recovery
- There’s a themed essay every week focusing on an element of recovery (e.g. recovering a sense of safety, identity, power etc)
- There are excercise around each weekly theme
- You write three pages of nonsense or not nonsense every morning (known as the morning pages)
- You take yourself out for an Artist’s Date, alone, once each week
What you get out of it:
It somehow develops a sense of clarity of who you are and what you want. It gives an abundance of ideas of things to make and it helps you get out of your own way to make these things happen.
Don’t just take my word for it. In a Facebook post in 2012, bestselling author, Elizabeth Gilbert says:
“Three times in the last decade I’ve committed to doing The Artist’s Way’s program, and each time I’ve learned something important and surprising about myself and my work.”
She is humble enough to admit:
“Without The Artist’s Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.”
I have previously been through the Artist’s Way process as part of a group and found it extremely inspirational to share the journeys of others. It also provided accountability so that I did the excercises.
If you’d be interested in going through the process in the summer, I’m likely to start a group in Manchester. Please drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to join me.