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The Right To Write

An Invitation and initiation into the Writing Life
Paperback Book
December, 1999
$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Author of The Artist’s Way and The Vein of Gold, Julia Cameron has been writing since the age of 18, having had an extensive career in journalism before the “artist’s way era.” She has written articles, columns, poems, criticism, screenplays, teleplays, even musicals; directed films; and has a book of short stories and a novel in the works.

“It is human nature to write!” Cameron declares as she tells stories and shares techniques that help all of us make writing a natural, intensely personal and life-giving part of our lives.

We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in....

It is my hope that this book will dismantle some of the negative mythology that surrounds the writing life in our culture. I have found that life to be positive, invigorating, and eminently do-able. This book, therefore, will be an “into the water” book as we look at common blocks and some simple ways around them, common problems and some simple ways to solve them, common sticking points and some simple ways through them.

Cameron’s tools, which include the details of her own writing processes while creating her books, make writing a playful and practical as well as profound experience.

Left to its own devices, writing is like weather. It has a drama, a form, a force to it that shapes the day. Just as a good rain clears the air, a good writing day clears the psyche. There is something very right about simply letting yourself write. And the way to do that is to begin, to begin where you are.

Publisher’s Description: 

The author of "The Artist’s Way" shows how readers can make writing a natural, intensely personal part of their lives.

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