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A passionate and inspiring guide to creating a life built around the creative process.

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Overview

A passionate and inspiring guide to creating a life built around the creative process.

This groundbreaking new work from the bestselling author of The Artist's Way, guides readers in creating a vision for their lives in which art and life are inextricably linked. According to Julia Cameron, when we allow our creative spirit to serve as our compass, we discover that the art we have always longed to create is suddenly within our grasp.

In The Creative Life, Cameron shows readers how to use their creative hearts and minds to cultivate lives that nourish and sustain their art. Through beautifully drawn scenes from her own life, as well as the lives of the many artists around her, Cameron reveals that creativity flourishes during the quiet pauses in our lives-and that it is only when we allow ourselves to slow down and savor life that we discover ways to depict it sensitively and poetically in our art. By opening the curtain on her own life and the lives of the artists who surround her, Cameron reveals a world rich with creative possibility.

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In her life, Cameron has learned to seize whatever moments of creative time she can get. "Small tidbits add up to a larger whole," she says, one of the compact yet insightful truisms that make up this volume of enlightening analogies, confessions, and vignettes of Cameron's life on New York's Upper West Side. From dinners and musicals to teaching engagements and writing sessions, Cameron's latest contribution to her already extensive list of titles is something of a diary, exposing her personal life with unexpected honesty and humility. A spat with her inner censor, a made up "gay British designer" she's named Nigel, gives the book a light-hearted and relatable tone. Colorful characters, including actors turned writers, musicians turned songwriters, poets turned playwrights, and songwriter-bakers, make up an encouraging community of creators. Practical, productive, and passionate, Cameron and her Believing Mirrors ("people who see our power and potential and reflect it back at us") show the artistic way in an organic light that makes it seem approachable and attainable, revealing how living creatively can be as calibrated as a work of fiction.
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Writing in short, easily digestible chapters, Cameron (The Sound of Paper: Starting from Scratch) encourages readers to weave their inner creativity into their everyday lives. She demonstrates, through diary-like vignettes, how the most everyday activity—e.g., walking dogs—can be seen as an artistic pursuit. The beauty of this book is that Cameron details the ordinariness of it all. One does not live on a roller-coaster ride of creative excitement. Yet one can still live the artistic life and offer good things to the world. Cameron's guide would be of particular help to new artists or those who fear they don't have the "magic" art requires.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585428243
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of more than thirty books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, and Finding Water. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

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    A Peak Into The Daily Life Of The Premiere Expert on Creativity

    Julia Cameron offers her readers a direct peak into her daily life events and interactions in The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration. Fans of Cameron's other work related to creativity and spirituality will enjoy this book that is presented as a series of journal entries detailing how Cameron lives a creative life. Newcomers to Cameron or those unfamiliar with her previous work may have a difficult time understanding this book, as they might ask questions like, "Who is this person?" and "Why should I care?" Cameron's seasoned fans are the ones who will truly benefit from The Creative Life. These journal entries are quite revealing and demonstrate that the some of the difficulties and challenges a young artist might face are still present later in life. Cameron, a successful writer with more than thirty books published, still doubts has doubts about her work and struggles to find meaning. That she, herself, uses the same tools she prescribes in her famous The Artist's Way to overcome conflict in her own creative life is refreshing and adds further credibility to her expertise in creative recover, as if that was necessary. Cameron shares the details of piano lessons, discussions with friends while at lunch, holidays spent with other artists, intimate conversations with her daughter, and vacations to her roommate's family's home in Maine. In this book, we discover what meetings with her agent and her publisher are like as they discuss her ongoing projects. Particularly interesting are moments where we are exposed to what Cameron's life as a teacher is like when she struggles with a particularly difficult group of students studying The Artist's Way. As a multi-talented artist, Cameron also struggles as she strives to bring her stage productions to life and revive a musical she had been working on a decade after setting it aside to work on other projects. What we see in The Creative Life is the story of a woman who seems to have found the perfect balance between living a fiercely independent life while still surrounding herself with a supportive base of close friends willing to be honest and share their opinions and feedback. Her life is a series of give-and-take as she counsels others while accepting advice and coaching from her family and close friends. The Creative Life offers no new perspective into creativity and follows in the same time-honored tradition of Cameron's well-established theories on creativity. Little is offered here as to how one breaks free from being creatively blocked which is why I suggest this book only for those already familiar with her previous work. Readers looking for inspiration and insight into becoming unblocked would be much better off looking into Cameron's earlier works first. Try all of the books in The Artist's Way series, The Right to Write, and The Sound of Paper. Become familiar with Cameron's theories and tools before moving onto The Creative Life.

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