This is the first in a series of posts about The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, a book and a self-study program developed by Julia Cameron in the 1990s. I completed the 12-week program a few months ago. By doing the reading and working through the course exercises, I experienced a significant change in my own creative process. The course helped me reclaim my identity as an artist and return to my passions with new energy and confidence. I’ve decided to start this year by revisiting the book and sharing some of my insights.
As this year kicks off, I’m experimenting with methods to weave new habits and creative behaviours into my daily routine. I recently announced my new project, 52 Ways to be Creative. During each week of this year, I plan to spend a few hours developing an existing creative skill, refreshing a forgotten ability, or learning something entirely new — all in the spirit of exploration, community and growth. I'm inspired by the calm energy of kaizen, an approach that requires making small, continuous changes over time.
The past eight months have been an exhilarating time for me, and I feel more connected than ever to my life’s dual-purpose of sharing my creativity and helping others to tap into their own creative potential. This comes after a period of feeling extremely stuck. Like, waist-deep in swampland stuck. Like, ‘is my life ever gonna change or should I just accept this is it?’ stuck.
Sometimes I wonder if making the sensible choice is always so sensible after all. I’ve been thinking a little bit about sensibility and being sensible. I am now in week 6 of The Artist’s Way. Week 6 is about recovering a sense of abundance — a little bit about money and where we put our energy and all that stuff. In the book, the author says, “Creativity is not and never has been sensible. Why should it be? Why should you be? Do you still think there’s some moral virtue in being martyred? If you want to make some art, make some art.”