• The Artist's Way

  • A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
  • By: Julia Cameron
  • Narrated by: Julia Cameron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,826 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international best seller, millions have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist's life. Still as vital today, or perhaps even more so, than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.

In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist's Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist's Way for a new century.

©1997 Julia Cameron (P)1997, 2005 Penguin Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"This book has been around for a long time, and I hope it sticks around forever. It guides the reader through a fascinating (and fun) 12-week-long program of exercises and explorations that help loosen up one’s artistic self. It takes you on a journey that will cost you nothing (aside from the guidebook) and it brings much insight, gently helping you see what is holding you back, and showing you how to move forward. Three times in the last decade I've committed to doing The Artist's Way's program, and each time I've learned something important and surprising about myself and my work. Just to show how influential it's been to me - the first time I did the program, I had decided by end of it that I wanted to 1) travel to Italy and learn Italian, 2) Go to an Ashram in India, and 3) Return to Indonesia to study with the old medicine man I'd once met there. We all know what THAT decision led to.... Without The Artist's Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.” (Elizabeth Gilbert)

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron is not exclusively about writing - it is about discovering and developing the artist within whether a painter, poet, screenwriter or musician - but it is a lot about writing. If you have always wanted to pursue a creative dream, have always wanted to play and create with words or paints, this book will gently get you started and help you learn all kinds of paying-attention techniques; and that, after all, is what being an artist is all about. It’s about learning to pay attention.” (Anne Lamott, Mademoiselle)

“The premise of the book is that creativity and spirituality are the same thing, they come from the same place. And we were created to use this life to express our individuality, and that over the course of a lifetime that gets beaten out of us. [The Artist's Way] helped me put aside my fear and not worry about whether the record would be commercial.” (Grammy award-winning singer Kathy Mattea)

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Brilliant materials, horrible as an audiobook

I did this program about 20 years ago and it changed my life. I have recommended it to many other artist in search of their creativity. it has also helped those I have recommended it to. I was excited to maybe revisit it when i saw it was available as an audio recording, and to actually listen to Julia tell it from her perspective. It does not work as such. It is divided into 3 chapters that you kind of have to muddle your way through to figure out. Designed as a multi week program but so poorly produced that is has become a disaster as an audio recording. Stick to the printed book. Very heart breaking to listen to as an audio book.

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Buy the Book

This audiobook is an abridged version of the book and at the beginning, she states that if you want more information on the exercises, then reference the book. Why would I have bought the audiobook if I have the paper version to reference?? What a waste.

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Love the book, but not in audio.

Read the book, it's better and you can always refer back to it.

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Downside of downloading...

I got the Artist's Way on audio. It's great except for two things...
1) It is not separated by chapters so I can't easily get to the chapter I'm looking for.
2) It's slightly different than the book. Seems it's a different edition than I have in book form.
Otherwise, it was great to be able to download and listen immediately!


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great insights

I love this book. I put it off and got Rick Jarow's Anti-career guide first. MISTAKE! The artist way is not only for writers, artist,etc it can really be used by anyone trying to find what is really inside and what they want from life. I have listened to it over and over and keep finding little things that open different doors each time. Easy to listen to, encouraging, and fun to do practices. Jarow's Anti-career book is boring and hard to listen to. I have tried several times and always find my mind wandering away. It turns into white noise. After listening to The Artist Way, I entered my paintings into a art showing the next week! I would have NEVER done that without this book!

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Remedy for Artist Block

Although skeptical at first, I gave the program a try. By the end of the first week I was seeing progress. As I worked my way through the audio program I decided to also get the physical book as a point of reference.

I highly recommend this book to clear the cobwebs and focus your creative energies.

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Incredible!

One of the most amazing experiences of my life! I was feeling stuck in my profession as a psychotherapist. This book, with it's deep questioning and excellent excercises has assisted me in getting unstuck and feel excited again. I'm telling everyone I know about this work. I highly recommend it!

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Serious people only!

This is for people who need serious psychological assistance. If you actually require the program advised by the author, you should seek professional help. I disliked the 12 step approach and the constant references to "God", despite the author's absolution of this in the preface. Read into to this what you will, however, what is required is basically a 12 step program and accepting Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. I am surprised it has sold so well worldwide as this is basically aimed at Christian 'white folks'.

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Great Book- Better to Read than to Listen

This is a great book. As an artist, it was extremely useful in understanding the resistance I have always experienced and the blocks that prevent me from doing my artwork. I believe, that because of this book I will finally (after 30 years) be able to move forward to be a practicing artist as opposed to a frustrated artist.

I personally had to overlook some phrases like "artist-child", reminding me of the much overused (and now dated) term inner-child. But that's just me, and I looked past that quite easily. The message of this book is too important to be put off by those types of things.

I was very happy to find it here on Audible, and I did listen to the whole book- however, this is a book that I think should definitely be read. There are written exercises that are hard to complete when listening to the book. Now that I have listened to it, I will read the actual book now, taking my time to absorb the ideas and do all of the exercises.

I did not enjoy the music in between chapters- I rarely do in these audio books. It gives the book a new-agey feel that deters from the content. We all have particular tastes in music- if one doesn't like the music that is chosen, it affects how one receives the book. I think the book should stand alone.

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The Artist isn't just for painters!

Although this book was originally published twenty-five years ago you will be amazed at how relevant it is today. The key to this book is to read it carefully and apply the principles to your life one day at a time. We are all artists and most of us never touch a paintbrush. My our lives are a work of art. Don't pass this book up. Think about purchasing the workbook too.

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