“Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery.”
Even if January doesn’t bring big changes to your personal calendar, it’s hard not to get caught up in a little New Year’s resolution energy. If one of your goals is to rekindle your creativity, The Artist’s Way (1991) by Julia Cameron is a classic place to start.
Cameron’s 12-week program outlines a structured yet flexible framework to cultivate creativity, confront inner demons, and foster self-discovery. Immersing yourself in Cameron’s wisdom early in the year will set a tone of intentionality, resilience, and growth.
Cameron’s methodology, rooted in compassion and insight, resonates profoundly with the challenges writers often face—be it writer’s block, self-doubt, or the perennial struggle to find your authentic voice. By embracing practices like Morning Pages—a cathartic ritual of writing three pages of unfiltered thoughts—and Artist Dates—solo adventures to nourish the creative soul—writers can cultivate discipline, introspection, and a deeper connection with their craft.
There are many concrete take-aways from Cameron’s book, including the need to establish a consistent routine, confront your inner critics, and embrace creative exploration. The simplicity of the book’s message on the need to avoid being bogged down by negativity while staying true to your own voice is one of the keys to its success.
TL: DR: spending a couple of hours with Cameron’s timeless wisdom at the onset of the New Year will be worth it to anyone looking to get their creativity flowing in 2024.