Publish date:

The Artist

Spotlight author Julia Cameron made her mark on writing workshops everywhere with her ground-breaking guide, The Artist’s Way. Boost your creativity with a peek at a few of her famous techniques. 

In this online exclusive to our profile of bestselling creativity guru Julia Cameron—as featured in the July/August 2011 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine—we take a glimpse into Cameron’s signature methods of rediscovering your creativity, as described in her seminal work, The Artist’s Way.

Julia Cameron’s most lauded work, The Artist’s Way, has sold more than 2 million copies since its debut in 1992, and launched projects by—or unblocked—everyone from writers to painters. A 12-week program, it’s designed to help anyone channel their creativity—something Cameron believes every human has, and not merely a select, elite few.

The book uses two basic tools to help readers do this:

Morning Pages: A mandatory routine comprised of three pages of daily longhand stream-of-consciousness writing—but writing that isn’t meant to be writing. Instead, it’s anything and everything, an outpouring that only the writer reads. You get out what you need to so you can tap into your creativity. The pages are designed to help writers escape their internal censors. Without rules or any goal to the morning pages, the censor has no role, and thus theoretically disappears.

Artist Dates: A few hours every week set aside to water and reacquaint yourself with the artist within you. A writer goes out on an excursion, alone, anywhere from a museum to a mountaintop. You then listen to what your inner artist says about the trip.

So what’s the point of the two tools? As Cameron writes in the book, “Doing your Morning Pages, you are sending—notifying yourself and the universe of your dreams, dissatisfactions, hopes. Doing your Artist Date, you are receiving—opening yourself to insight, inspiration, guidance.”

For a more in-depth look at both tools, visit theartistsway.com.

A Few Tips for Writing Personal Essays

A Few Tips for Writing Personal Essays

Here are a few tips for writing personal essays from the Publishing Insights column of the March/April 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Dispel vs. Expel (Grammar Rules)

Dispel vs. Expel (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between dispel and expel with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Laura Davis: On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Laura Davis: On the Story That Begged To Be Told

Author and writing instructor Laura Davis discusses the process of starting, stopping, and starting again with her new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars.

From Our Readers

Which Writer or Work Made You Think About Point of View in a Different Way and Why?: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers question: Which writer or work made you think about point of view in a different way and why? Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

4 Tips on Research for Writing Novels and Stories Beyond Getting the Facts Right

4 Tips on Research for Writing Novels and Stories Beyond Getting the Facts Right

The kind of research you do can make or break your story's authenticity. Author Blake Sanz offers 4 tips on research for your novels and stories beyond getting the facts right.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: Annual Writing Competition Early-Bird Deadline, Seven WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce the Annual Writing Competition early-bird deadline, seven WDU courses starting this week, and more!

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

3 Big Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book Like a Pro

Small but mighty, picture books help raise children into lifelong readers. Children's book author Diana Murray offers 3 big tips for writing a picture book like a pro.

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

5 Things I Learned About Writing From Watching Soap Operas

Lessons in writing can come from various forms of art or entertainment. Author Alverne Ball shares 5 things he learned about writing from watching soap operas.

From Script

Writing from an Intimate Point of View and Adding Essential Elements to Solidify Your Screenplay (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, TV writer Kate Sargeant shares a first-hand look on her new digital series that was a life-changing experience. Plus an interview with filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, a new installment from ‘Ask the Coach’ and more!