The Artist’s Way, 2 big takeaways, and how to be creative 750 words at a time

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The Artist's Way

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1. What is The Artist’s Way?

The Artist’s Way is a creative writing method divided into 12 week workbook

2. How does The Artist’s Way work?

Author Julia Cameron suggests that you read one chapter (roughly 15 pages) each week, and perform a series of exercises along the way.

3. How do you get started?

There are two exercises you can start with: The Morning Pages (each day) and The Artist’s Date (once a week). Here’s how it works:

The morning pages: write roughly 750 words each day. This isn’t anything you need to share with others, it’s just you writing in a stream of consciousness each day.

The artist’s date: go outside of your routine, and reward yourself each week. For example, you can take time to cook, go for a walk, paint, or listen to music. Something that allows you to experience and enjoy life.

4. What was my biggest takeaway?

Quantity, not Quality. The Artist’s Way taught me that creativity comes from putting aside time, and creating. Create more, create everyday, and don’t get hung up on the thing you created yesterday. Create, let it go. Create and destroy.

5. How did I keep myself accountable throughout the 12 weeks?

There’s no silver bullet. For one, I taped a stickynote on my wall to reminded me to “Write!.” I also send myself a text reminder with this Aristotle quote, once a week:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

I used IFTTT to send the weekly text. It’s a free service that works great for reminders!


Title: The Artist’s Way
Author: Julia Cameron
Hardcover: 237 pages
Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; 10 Anv edition (March 4, 2002)

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One Reply to “The Artist’s Way, 2 big takeaways, and how to…”

  1. just listened to your artist way podcast….didnt expect to want to hear someone other than julia cameron talk about it, honestly..but within a couple of minutes you had my attention even though this is actually my second time through week one {got blocked on week 3…..a year passess…and I’m trying t get in back in the grove…….while listening to whole podcast I checked out ever book podcast I could find listed on your sight!!!!
    Don’t know what kind of comments you ususally get but I want to thank you….I now feel inspired…..not only by your concise synoposis of week one but I’m inspired by your book list and podcasts….I love to read and a always looking for a good book…..fiction and non fiction…..feed and entertaintain….
    Thank you for taking the time to do these…..I look forward to listening to more…..I have many already bookmarked! LOL
    Smile…..someone in Tennessee is inspired by you! Have a great day!

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