Welcome to Writer Wednesday! This is where I either post Q&As with guest authors or blog about writing craft issues for novels and children’s picture books and TV writing.
This is a short blog because I’ve actually been WRITING! 🙂 I’ve also been curious about the famous “Artist’s Way” books by Julia Cameron. I know tons of people love her books and swear by her methods, while others roll their eyes and dismiss her books as too “New Age”-y.
As for me, I love new projects. 🙂 So I figured, out of curiosity, I’d try reading her books and see if they can keep me inspired as I write. I write all the time, and I can sometimes get burned out from all that hard work. So I’m addicted to writing books. I think they’re fun. 🙂 I started reading her books and realized it wasn’t fair for cynics (including myself) to dismiss her work as New Age-y. She actually brings up some important points about the creative process that I found extremely enlightening.
(Keep reading after the jump for more on The Artist’s Way…)
I know Cameron’s first book recommends the famous process of “morning pages.” This is where you write, non-stop, until you finish writing 3 pages worth of material. It can be about anything you want. This is where the cynic in me rolled my eyes because I write all the time. I write every single day. So I thought that I didn’t need this “morning pages” exercise.
But in teaching classes on writing, I realized that wasn’t a fair assessment of Cameron’s books. I should stop being so cynical and narrow minded! I realized… even though I write every day, it’s usually work-related (script deadlines or book projects). It’s never just me simply WRITING. So now I’m intrigued by her “morning pages” ritual as well as her other chapters on ways to enhance creative thinking and fun stuff like “artist dates.”
Plus, I love trying new things and having new experiences. So I plan to read her books and see if I can follow her “program.” Anything to keep me motivated and focused on finishing my own writing projects! 🙂
Julia Cameron’s other two books in this “journey” include WALKING IN THIS WORLD and FINDING WATER.
For more information on Cameron and her books, go here: http://www.theartistsway.com/ I hope to post occasional blogs on how I fare on my own “Artist’s Journey” this fall.. it’s been fun so far! So stay tuned! 🙂
Thanks for reading my brief WRITER WEDNESDAY blog for this week. Have any of you tried these Artist’s Way books? I’m curious to hear your thoughts and experiences. Cynics also welcome because believe me, I do a lot of eye-rolling myself. 🙂 But I’m open minded and curious to read these books seriously and see if they can inspire me to keep writing!
Stay tuned for some awesome Guest Author Q&As coming soon (blog here: http://paulayoo.com/blog/?p=763). And come back for tomorrow’s TUNA THURSDAY blog about my cats. Until then… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂