Sunday, September 6, 2009

Recommended resource: The Artist's Way

The Artist's Way is a book by Julia Cameron. It's not just a book, it's a 12-week do-it-yourself course to empower yourself as an artist. And by artist, we mean someone working in any creative endeavor, which includes songwriters and recording artists.

If your creative flow feels stuck, if your creative life doesn't seem to have any power or momentum, or if you notice a pattern of being unsuccessful in your efforts, then I highly recommend this book.

The only reason it's not for everybody is that it takes a lot of effort and courage to work through the Artist's Way program. You should plan to devote 1-2 hours a day for the 12-week period.

If you decide to go ahead with The Artist's Way, see if you can talk a few friends into doing it with you. It's great fun to do it together, and there may be times along the way when you will greatly appreciate the emotional support and camaraderie.

In the bookstore, don't be led astray by the many spinoffs and sequel books. Get the original book, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.

The Artist's Way is on my short list of books that actually changed my life. What books about songwriting or creativity have helped you? Please post a comment and let us know.

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