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How to Get Your Creativity Back with The Artist's Way

How to Get Your Creativity Back with The Artist's Way

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I reference The Artist's Way often, so I thought I ought to give you a little context. The Artist's Way is a 12-week self-guided transformation in the form of a book by Julia Cameron. It is intended to help would-be artists get unblocked and start creating. Each chapter is a week with a theme such as "Recovering a Sense of Identity." 

Each week has several evocative tasks to try (you could even call them "experiments!"). The tasks can be fun, such as listing favorite childhood treats and then eating one. They can also be challenging, such as processing painful memories of being criticized. 

You also use 2 tools throughout the journey: Morning Pages and Artist Dates. 

Morning Pages

Morning Pages are 3 pages long-hand that you scrawl out every morning. You purposefully don't read them until the end of the process. Then you go back and look for patterns in what you say day in and day out. This reveals all kinds of insights about what you want and where you are stuck.

Artist Dates

Artist Dates are 2-hour excursions every week that are for you, just you, BY YOURSELF (Julia is very adamant about this). These dates foster playfulness and connection to your inner artist, who is, of course, a child. They can be simple as looking for treasure at the thrift shop or taking a walk in a quiet forest.


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I cannot recommend this journey enough. The Artist Way has helped me get out of a painful "pass/fail" mentality and into a creative love affair with my life. Check it out, experiment, have fun! Then be sure to let me know what happens.

We feature experiments from our community of readers as well as personal essays, poems, and images. This helps us inspire and embolden each other on our creative journeys! 

The creative recovery process includes "Morning Pages," a form of journaling specific to The Artist's Way.
I continued the practice of Morning Pages well beyond the 12-weeks. Looking back, I can see the idea for this blog and specific posts with iterations as early as June 2016.

I continued the practice of Morning Pages well beyond the 12-weeks. Looking back, I can see the idea for this blog and specific posts with iterations as early as June 2016.

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