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A Convincing Message

  • Oct 5, 2010
This book has a simple message. Your life as a writer cannot be separated from your life. It almost sounds too simple. If you want to write, Julia Cameron says write.

For those of us who run into the occasional roadblock, the author supplies motivation and exercises to ease us through and around the obstructions. I have found her section on morning notes (“Witness” Chapter) to be helpful at overcoming writer’s block. I also strive to make a weekly artist date (“The Well” Chapter) with myself to recharge my creative batteries.

As the author states, the writing life is simple, self-empowered and self-empowering. That is true, but at the low points it brings, it helps to have a coach on call. The ... spent for this book ensures it will be sympathetic, encouraging and convincing.

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January 16, 2011
Agree fully. Received exactly that advice years ago from a CEO friend of a a Fortune 500. I was freshly hatched, and asked him about the pursuit of this passion to write. He had no elaborate response. Now, writing is my lifestyle, my life, my hobby, my profession. I'll look for the book.
January 17, 2011
It is an inspiring book. I trust you will love it!
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review by . February 07, 2001
Julia Cameron is able to talk to you as a friend sitting down with a cup of tea just talking plain talk about writing. Writing should be as natural as breathing and walking and talking. Writers are often too hard on themselves and feel they must suffer for their art. This is a no-stress approach to writing that will make your writing life more enjoyable. As in her "The Artist's Way", Ms. Cameron gives you exercises that expand your mind and creativity. These exercises after each chapter can be done …
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Writing, for Julia Cameron, is neither solely vocation nor avocation: it is a way of life. It comes first thing in the morning, while the horses are waiting to be fed; it happens at the kitchen counter, while the onions are sautéing; it takes place on "dates" at café tables shared with likeminded friends; it unfurls in the mind as the '65 pickup "bucks over the rutted dirt roads like a stiff-legged bronco." The more than 40 brief personal essays that make upThe Right to Writeare an unyielding affirmation of the writing life and a denigration of all that gets in the way: busy schedules, procrastination, insecurity, lack of writing space, a day job--you get the point. Cameron's commonsense advice is liberating to anyone who has felt hampered by making a big deal out of writing (this "tends to make writing difficult. Keeping writing casual tends to keep it possible"), by not having the time to write ("Get aggressive. Steal time"), or the like. If you find a spirit that compares writing to revelation, prayer, and Zen pursuits, that might just attribute misguided communication to Mercury retrograde simpatico, then you will find much to embrace here. And you will never, never again dream of waiting for that commitment-free sabbatical in the south of France to get your writing project under way.--Jane Steinberg--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.
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ISBN-10: 1585420093
ISBN-13: 978-1585420094
Author: Julia Cameron
Genre: Health, Mind & Body, Reference
Publisher: Tarcher
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