A is for Artist’s Way…

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By all accounts I’m a newbie to Julia Cameron’s the Artist’s Way and my status is “currently reading” on Goodreads. 🙂

That being said, I can at times be a bit of a zealot when I find something new and “shiny”. When I read a book that sparks my passion, or uncovers hidden truths about writing, craft, publishing or any non-fiction books sparking a “Right on…” sort of response.

My family is usually the first to witness this phenomenon when I buy them the books for Christmas. And then my friends.

My children received Sewing Books for Christmas, because I thought the knowledge was so wonderful.

My sister and best friend received calendars which held quotes from an author, whom I find enlightening.

In spite of my conversion tendencies, I tend to not follow my own convictions. Which brings me back to the Artist’s Way…and my lack of completion of the book. It seems a bit hypocritical for me to tout the wisdom of the book, without actually completing the work myself, doesn’t it. I like to think Ms. Cameron will forgive my error, and hopefully appreciates my “word-of-mouth,” recommendations.

This isn’t to say that I don’t finish things, I absolutely do. It seems to when it comes to taking on things that I perceive as “learning” I procrastinate. Much like a student writing a paper. Hmm, this seems to be a theme in my writing as well…but that’s a letter for another day.

Perhaps I should’ve said, “A is for Accountability”. ~Tina

4 Replies to “A is for Artist’s Way…”

  1. As someone who has a tendency not to finish things or take a long while to do so, BUT finished reading The Artist Way, I’ll add my recommendation. It actually took me more than the 12 weeks period, and I had a lot of resistance towards the process of recovery (Noony can attest to that), but I kept reading, and in the end I gained a lot of tools that help me daily. I still write my morning pages, and I’m now reading the third book in the trilogy. Accountability helps–I’m reading along with Darla and Noony and I found that reporting my progress to them keeps me on track. So if you ever feel like giving the book another try, join us 🙂

    1. I agree, Grace, accountability really helps. Just knowing another person is out there, waiting to hear how we’re doing, can motivate us to move forward. That helps me beat the “what’s the use” feelings that always crop up around changes.

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