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Thoughts on Julia Cameron’s the Creative Life

English: A logical fallacy. Statement 1: Most ...
English: A logical fallacy. Statement 1: Most of the green is touching the red. Statement 2: Most of the red is touching the blue. Logical fallacy: Since most of the green is touching red, and most of the red is touching blue, most of the green must be touching blue. This, however, is a false statement. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At least according to GoodReads, the book has not been well received. People that enthusiastically follow Cameron’s work post disappointed, confused statements speculating on Cameron’s mental health at the time she wrote it and a few other opinions based on one logical fallacy or another. There were similar responses to her book Answered Prayers.

I consider both books excellent, but only if absorbed in a non-linear manner. The Creative Life is not meant for one sitting. I read it every day for a month as part of my morning pages and meditation time. In small chunks like that, it makes sense – my own artistic life happens in small chunks, influenced by weather, visits with friends, travel. The same is true of Answered Prayers: it’s not meant for reading straight through. I keep it in my desk drawer and in moments of question I open a page at random.

There is the prayer that speaks in that moment. When it happens it doesn’t read as patronizing – it reads as relevant.

We tend to think of books as linear. Most of the time they are. But every so often there’s a good one out there that you just can’t absorb in a single, straight line.