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Julia Cameron

Letters To A Young Artist

In Letters to a Young Artist: Building a Life in Art Julia Cameron gives advice to aspiring artists on how to deal with some of the problems they may face.

The advice is essentially to get on with doing your art. Don't let the desire to look like at artist become more important that what you actually do. When you get an idea: carry it out. Don't decide that it has to be announced to the world first. Don't dwell on the problems you are having, and above all avoid associating with people who are persistently negative about things - those late night discussions putting the world to rights won't do your work any good.

Of course you shouldn't spend all your time on your art. The letters also recommend how you should spend the rest of your time. This was one point where I found the advice rather doubtful. There seemed to be lots of other things to do - morning writing, creative walks, maybe a part time job. I began to wonder whether there would be any time left - the odd quarter of an hour might be ok for an established artist, but I felt that one who was starting out would need to devote more time to their work.

But that's really a minor quibble, and I think that the book has some very useful advice, not just to those starting out as an artist, but also to anyone who needs to make time for what they wish to do.

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Product Description
In the tradition of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, an original and inspiring work from the bestselling author of The Artist's Way.

Each month, Julia Cameron receives hundreds of letters and e-mails from people around the world who have read her classic work on developing creativity, The Artist's Way, and who long to engage in further dialogue with her.

This book provides Julia's thousands of admirers with just that intimacy and illumination. Written in the form of correspondence from a wise, more experienced artist to a young artist who is full of turbulent self-doubt, Letters to a Young Artist echoes the many conversations Cameron has with all of the artists whose lives she has touched with The Artist's Way.

In these haunting and eloquent letters, the writer answers questions that are central to the artist's journey: How do I know that I am truly an artist? How can I find encouragement? How can I keep moving despite my fear? A rare window into the heart of the creative process, Letters to a Young Artist is an inspiredvolume from this leading authority on creativity and art.