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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 up The Right to Write are 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 the Hardcover edition.
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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Un des meilleurs livres que j'ai lus sur le processus d'écriture. Julia Cameron est à la fois intéressante et inspirante.Published 4 months ago by Manon Corriveau Côté
A wonderfully positive book. It shows you how to bring life to your writing and writing into your life. Thank you - I found it inspiring.Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth S. Colterjohn
A reminder you can start where you are and just do it. Healing the wounded artist.Published 14 months ago by Jan Irving
I am delighted to add this to my writing library. The ideas are all there waiting for me to try.A GREAT read for new and experienced writers.Published 22 months ago by email@example.com
She's brilliant, I just had to get this book after my class reviewed a chapter of it. It's great!Published on Oct. 25 2009 by Jenn
For aspiring writers, there are many books that teach, inspire and train a writer's growth. Julia Cameron's book, "The Right to Write" is the most comprehensive,... Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Aaron Novinger
Julia Cameron takes a gentle, but steady approach. She understands full well that if you have had writer's block your entire life, it will not be easy to unblock yourself. Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by isala
If you need to get motivated to write in your journal, or to write a book this is for you. Simple assignments and a variety of skill.Published on Feb. 7 2004 by gypsyoflove
Author Julia Cameron is also the co-author of The Artist's Way --a classic book that is great for lives in transition. Read morePublished on July 26 2003 by Joyce Schwarz