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book love: the artist’s way // 12


Welcome to the 12th instalment of Book Love: a series in which I tell you all about the resources, guides, and inspirational books that I love. Today’s book was picked especially for Creativity Self-Help Month and it is The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron.

As you can see from the photo above my copy of The Artist’s Way is a little beat up around the edges and that’s because as far as I’m concerned this is the most useful book a blocked creative can get their hands on. It is a 12-week program specifically designed to get to the root of your creative block and help to nurture the artist-child inside you back to health.


Be warned that this book is not for the dabbler. When embarking on the program you are asked to sign a contract with yourself to promise that you will stick with the basic tools (three pages of daily journalling every morning, and a weekly artist date) as well as completing each week’s reading and tasks. Every week you will read about and work towards recovering something new, a sense of safety, identity, power, and much more.

I have completed the program one time and remember quite distinctly the look on my colleague’s face when I told him he would have to phone me if he needed to communicate with me because I was on the “no reading” week of The Artist’s Way and would not be answering emails or text messages.

All joking aside, this book was the reason I was able to get back to writing after spending much of my teen years songwriting and then losing myself through my university degree. I frequently refer back to Julia Cameron’s Rules of the Road and other bookmarked sections when I need a quick shot of creative juice to keep me going.

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That’s it for Book Love // 12. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments. You can check out the last post in the series, Modus Novus, or see all of my book recommendations on the Book Love index page.


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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.


  1. Good choice! I think I’m going to go grab my copy off the shelf right now!

  2. I know of this book, because my wife has used it in the past. It inspired her.

  3. Listen to Mark Bryan, the co founder of the Artist’s Way, Sunday nights starting tomorrow (8/3/2014) at 9pm PST on KABC AM790 or online at

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