Firstly, if you do not already have a copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, please go pick one up! I am not endorsed or sponsored, but I do want to share my experience of the twelve week course that her book offers and write about my progress so I can share what I’ve learnt. Cameron claims that it is a “a spiritual path to higher creativity, and after completing the first two weeks I can tell you that, at least in my opinion, this course really does that. I specifically bought the 12 week 25th Anniversary Edition, with the Morning Pages Journal (which I will get into soon). I’ll be sharing my experience and what I’ve learnt every week under my ‘Creative Writing’ blogs, so if you just want to follow along I encourage you!
Julia Cameron really wants her readers and students to believe that creativity flows through us, and we are gifted this creativity by the universe and it is our way of thanking the universe for this gift by using this creativity. It is like receiving a sweater for your birthday and thanking the person who got it for you by wearing it. In addition, Cameron does tell students to do two very important things while completing the course: the first being your morning pages. Everyday you should be writing three pages of whatever it is you want to get off your mind (on actual paper!) so that you can get to the deeper and more creative thoughts within. The second is the artist date, every week you need to spend some time doing something that will nurture your inner artist and to help put creative images back in your mind, as Cameron puts it.
So what even is the point of explaining all this? I just want to share what I’ve learnt out in the world, and I am doing it mostly for myself, to be blatantly honest. I feel as if this way I can reinforce what I’ve learnt and put it somewhere where I know I can come back to it and perhaps re-learn any lessons I may have forgotten. If someone reads this along the way and finds that it helps them- well that would be an honour. But until then, I hope I can learn as much as possible from this course and have the courage to share it.