The right to write An invitation and initiation into the writing life

Julia Cameron

Book - 1998

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New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam c1998.
Main Author
Julia Cameron (-)
Physical Description
xvii, 236 p. ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-236).
  • Introduction
  • BEGIN: Invitation-Initiation
  • LET YOURSELF WRITE: Invitation-Initiation
  • LET YOURSELF LISTEN: Invitation-Initiation
  • THE TIME LIE: Invitation-Initiation
  • TRACK: Invitation-Initiation
  • BAD WRITING: Invitation-Initiation
  • THIS WRITING LIFE: Invitation-Initiation
  • MOOD: Invitation-Initiation
  • DRAMA: Invitation-Initiation
  • THE WALL OF INFAMY: Invitation-Initiation
  • VALUING OUR EXPERIENCE: Invitation-Initiation
  • SPECIFICITY: Invitation-Initiation
  • BODY OF EXPERIENCE: Invitation-Initiation
  • THE WELL: Invitation-Initiation
  • SKETCHING: Invitation-Initiation
  • LONELINESS: Invitation-Initiation
  • WITNESS: Invitation-Initiation
  • WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD?: Invitation-Initiation
  • CONNECTION: Invitation-Initiation
  • BEING AN OPEN CHANNEL: Invitation-Initiation
  • INTEGRATING: Invitation-Initiation
  • CREDIBILITY: Invitation-Initiation
  • PLACE: Invitation-Initiation
  • HAPPINESS: Invitation-Initiation
  • MAKING IT: Invitation-Initiation
  • HONESTY: Invitation-Initiation
  • VULNERABILITY: Invitation-Initiation
  • DAILINESS: Invitation-Initiation
  • VOICE: Invitation-Initiation
  • FORM VERSUS FORMULA: Invitation-Initiation
  • FOOTWORK: Invitation-Initiation
  • PRACTICE: Invitation-Initiation
  • CONTAINMENT: Invitation-Initiation
  • SOUND: Invitation-Initiation
  • I WOULD LOVE TO WRITE, BUT... : Invitation-Initiation
  • DRIVING: Invitation-Initiation
  • ROOTS: Invitation-Initiation
  • ESP: Invitation-Initiation
  • CHEAP TRICKS: Invitation-Initiation
  • STAKES: Invitation-Initiation
  • PROCRASTINATION: Invitation-Initiation
  • INTO THE WATER: Invitation-Initiation
  • THE RIGHT TO WRITE: Invitation-Initiation
  • Suggested Readings
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In a flowing sequence of personal essays and exercises (many of them reprises from her bestselling The Artist's Way), Cameron seeks to help readers enjoy writing as a natural, joyful process. "All of us have a sex drive. All of us have a drive to write." She offers advice on how to get over the stiffness or outright paralysis that creeps in when people make writing a "Big Deal." Wholeheartedly believing in writing as a process that connects us to the divine, whether we experience that finer source as internal or external, Cameron is refreshingly real. She invites readers to make use of the interruptions and torments as well as the sensual pleasures of their lives (for example, through the creation of a real or imaginary "Wall of Infamy," using memories of people who have hurt them) as a source of energy that can be focused to write their way "clear of rage, frustration, and negativity." Acknowledging that she is "a sort of creative nurse practitioner," Cameron, telling the stories behind some of her own stories and poems, shows how writing can lead us down into the most vibrant parts of ourselves, to the very source of health. Although she covers much of the same territory she explored in The Artist's Way, Cameron's prose and anecdotes sparkle with fresh, lived experience, demonstrating that when the subject is creativity, a writer really can't enter the same stream twice. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

Cameron declares that "it is human nature to write" and sets about proving it in this follow-up to her best-selling writing guides, which include The Vein of Gold (LJ 11/1/96). Her first novel, The Dark Room, is coming out from Carroll & Graf this fall. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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