The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation Into the Writing Life

The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation Into the Writing Life


By (author) Julia Cameron

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  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback | 236 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
  • ISBN 10: 1585420093
  • ISBN 13: 9781585420094
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 23,340

Product description

What if everything we have been taught about learning to write was wrong? In The Right to Write, Julia Cameron's most revolutionary book, the author of the bestselling self-help guide The Artist's Way, asserts that conventional writing wisdom would have you believe in a false doctrine that stifles creativity. With the techniques and anecdotes in The Right to Write, readers learn to make writing a natural, intensely personal part of life. Cameron's instruction and examples include the details of the writing processes she uses to create her own bestselling books. She makes writing a playful and realistic as well as a reflective event. Anyone jumping into the writing life for the first time and those already living it will discover the art of writing is never the same after reading The Right to Write.

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Praise for THE ARTIST'S WAY... "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 "Julia Cameron brings creativity and spirituality together with the same kind of step-by-step wisdom that Edgar Cayce encouraged. The result is spiritual creativity as a consistent and nourishing part of daily life." --Venture Inward "I never knew I was a visual artist until I read Julia Cameron's THE ARTIST'S WAY." --Jannene Behl in Artist's Magazine "Julia Cameron's landmark book THE ARTIST'S WAY helped me figure out who I really was as an adult, not so much as an artist but as a person. And award-winning journalist and poet, Cameron's genius is that she doesn't tell readers what they should do to achieve or who they should be--instead she creates a map for readers to start exploring these questions themselves." --Michael F. Melcher, Law Practice magazine "This is not a self-help book in the normative sense. It is simply a powerful book that can challenge one to move into an entirely different state of personal expression and growth." -

Table of contents

Introduction BEGIN: Invitation–Initiation LET YOURSELF WRITE: Invitation–Initiation LET YOURSELF LISTEN: Invitation–Initiation THE TIME LIE: Invitation–Initiation TRACK: Invitation–Initiation BAD WRITING: Invitation–Initiation THIS WRITING LIFE: Invitation–Initiation MOOD: Invitation–Initiation DRAMA: Invitation–Initiation THE WALL OF INFAMY: Invitation–Initiation VALUING OUR EXPERIENCE: Invitation–Initiation SPECIFICITY: Invitation–Initiation BODY OF EXPERIENCE: Invitation–Initiation THE WELL: Invitation–Initiation SKETCHING: Invitation–Initiation LONELINESS: Invitation–Initiation WITNESS: Invitation–Initiation WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD?: Invitation–Initiation CONNECTION: Invitation–Initiation BEING AN OPEN CHANNEL: Invitation–Initiation INTEGRATING: Invitation–Initiation CREDIBILITY: Invitation–Initiation PLACE: Invitation–Initiation HAPPINESS: Invitation–Initiation MAKING IT: Invitation–Initiation HONESTY: Invitation–Initiation VULNERABILITY: Invitation–Initiation DAILINESS: Invitation–Initiation VOICE: Invitation–Initiation FORM VERSUS FORMULA: Invitation–Initiation FOOTWORK: Invitation–Initiation PRACTICE: Invitation–Initiation CONTAINMENT: Invitation–Initiation SOUND: Invitation–Initiation I WOULD LOVE TO WRITE, BUT... : Invitation–Initiation DRIVING: Invitation–Initiation ROOTS: Invitation–Initiation ESP: Invitation–Initiation CHEAP TRICKS: Invitation–Initiation STAKES: Invitation–Initiation PROCRASTINATION: Invitation–Initiation INTO THE WATER: Invitation–Initiation THE RIGHT TO WRITE: Invitation–Initiation Suggested Readings