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Book Title: Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance|
The author of the book: Julia Cameron
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.57 MB
Date of issue: December 28th 2006
ISBN 13: 9781585424634
Read full description of the books Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance:Back when The Artist's Way first came out, I read it and I was into it. It inspired me. The format suited me. Anything where you are asked to make a list is for me. I love my lists! So recently I saw this on the shelf at the library and decided to read it. It was the beginning of a new year and seemed like a good time to read something like this, to ignite my creativity and feel motivated. To be fair, I skipped the second book in the series since it didn't happen to be on the shelf at the library. I also didn't take it week-by-week and do all the assignments like a good girl. Given that, I did not enjoy this even half as much as the first book in the trilogy. It is basically the same as the first one: Artist's Dates, Morning Pages... I got it. I'm not saying it's bad advice. It's just not new advice. And the tone was different, more depressing. I guess that's because it wasn't about how to get started but more about how to keep going.
Even though I do not consider myself a critic, there were some things that bugged me. Here are my complaints:
-This really felt like it was more about being a recovering alcoholic than anything else. She admits that she is in AA and openly applies the 12 steps to getting past creative blocks. I can see how this might be useful and I'm glad the program works for her. I just didn't relate to that aspect. I have a friend on Facebook who is a recovering alcoholic. He posts hundreds of inspirational quotations, mostly Christian-based about perseverance and positive attitude. There are pictures of sunsets on the beach or ballerinas along with the affirmations. I am tempted to block him. THIS is how I saw this book, down to the distracting quotations in the margins.
-There was too much God talk for my taste. Maybe this is an addendum to my first gripe.
-She talks about her dogs a lot. I don't care about her dogs.
-She uses the word "husband" as a verb a LOT - over and over! I almost wanted to keep score.
Speaking of husbands, she used to be married to Martin Scorcese. This fact is irrelevant except that it leads me to assume she's not exactly poor. That, and she describes her apartment on Central Park. It also doesn't really matter if she is rich or poor except that... poor people (creative or not) do not have the luxury of dwelling on stuff like this. And when I look at it like that, it sort of makes me think that her (totally valid, understandable) struggles are sort of "made-up". This is starting to sound mean and unfair and I don't want it to. It's all relative. I'm no better. I appreciate that she is continually trying to improve herself and that she is sharing her struggles and successes with others.
One more thing... She talks a lot about how the art comes through her rather than from her. She's not alone. This is a common way of describing the artistic process - as if you are merely a conduit through which the ideas flow. You just have to listen and execute. This is not my experience. I wish it were. It sounds cool. When I am creating something, I do get into "the zone" (that's what I call it) but I don't feel like it is separate from me. Maybe I'm not there yet or never will be. The only time I did feel the way she describes is when I was pregnant. I was creating something but I was simply the vessel through which something larger worked. While the results were awesome, I didn't particularly enjoy that process. I'm too much of a control freak.
Read information about the authorJulia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years, with fifteen books (including bestsellers The Artist's Way, Walking In This World and The Right to Write) and countless television, film, and theater scripts to her credit. Writing since the age of 18, Cameron has a long list of screenplay and teleplay credits to her name, including an episode of Miami Vice, and Elvis and the Beauty Queen, which starred Don Johnson. She was a writer on such movies as Taxi Driver, New York, New York, and The Last Waltz. She wrote, produced, and directed the award-winning independent feature film, God's Will, which premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival, and was selected by the London Film Festival, the Munich International Film Festival, and Women in Film Festival, among others. In addition to making film, Cameron has taught film at such diverse places as Chicago Filmmakers, Northwestern University, and Columbia College. Her profound teachings on unlocking creativity and living from the creative center have inspired countless artists to unleash their full potential.
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