Julia Cameron on the allure of staying blocked, being afraid, not creating

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“At some point, we must make an active choice to relinquish the joys an privileges accorded to the emotional invalid. A productive artist is quite often a happy person. This can be very threatening as a self-concept to those who are used to getting their needs met by being unhappy.

‘I’d love to, but you see… I have these crippling fears…’ can get us a lot of attention. We get more sympathy as crippled artists than as functional ones. Those of us addicted to sympathy in the place of creativity can become increasingly threatened as we become increasingly functional… We’re more comfortable being a victim of artist’s block than risking having to consistently be productive and healthy.”

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Also see: RESOURCES  for the blocked, INSECURE, angsting & SUFFERING

About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance Tell Me (Harper Collins, 2015), the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) Consequences (of defensive adultery) (coming May 2 2017), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure (releasing June 15, 2017), as well as the non-fiction collection of essays Rough Draft Confessions: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway (GENRES were made to be BROKEN, 2017). Closet poet. Currently torturing novels four, five, and six simultaneously. Which is not a good idea.

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