Alan Watt’s “The 90 Day Novel”

I’ve been fortunate to have a warm, safe place to share both my writing successes and frustrations in The Writer Zen Garden forum. And now my friends there have welcomed me to host a workshop based on Alan Watt’s “The 90 Day Novel”.

A local writer introduced me to the idea. I resisted at first, not wanting anyone telling me what and when to write. That’s how I initially saw this process despite her enthusiasm.

Now, I feel totally different.

The fact Mr. Watt quoted Julia Cameron near the very beginning of his book decided me that this is the right time for me to embark on such a quest. Alan Watt truly shares Ms. Cameron’s gentle approach to getting folks creatively working. Granted, he wants his students writing two hours a day minimum, but I feel comfortable with “The Artist’s Way” approach of just doing what I can.

We shall see how I fare as the next three months come to a close. Right now, it’s getting me on the page daily. And that alone is worth the price of the book.

Is there anything getting your creative juices flowing these days? Please tell us in the comments.

6 thoughts on “Alan Watt’s “The 90 Day Novel”

  1. Grace Kahlo says:

    I'm so glad to hear the book is inspiring you to write daily! It sounds like a success already to me. 🙂
    I like Julia Cameron's approach to writing…that I need to listen and get it on the page. It takes away to pressure of coming up with something uniquespecialbrilliant. I can say that I get my inspiration and ideas from somewheresomething bigger than me…and be thankful for the gift… 🙂

  2. Thank you for the wonderful remark. I agree with you about gratitude for the joy of writing. Blessings, my dear!

  3. Though I write both fiction and non-fiction, I realized that it's easier for me to finish the non-fiction books than the novels. I think it has a lot to do with having found one's style. Ninety days is a nice objective, though.

  4. That's so interesting, Vanessa! Thank you for the visit and friendly comment. I am so far enjoying the process. We shall see what results from this endeavor.

  5. Vidya Sury says:

    Julia Cameron has magic in her words!

    In fact, having been offline quite a bit in the past few weeks…or maybe months – sometimes the days just merge into each other – I've been doing quite a bit of writing. I have the journalling habit and find it very therapeutic. I find that just recounting the events of the day sometimes feels good, especially in terms of picking out the silver linings. Thanks Darla. Would love to know more about the 90 day novel! Gosh, before we know it, November's NaNoWriMo will be upon us!

  6. I'm awed to share so many things with such a distinguished and inspiring person as yourself, Vidya. Keep up the writing! So far, Alan Watt's process has been most illuminating and fun. Of course, having time to spend on it is a special blessing. ~grin~ I hope you are well!

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