Julia Cameron on focus, fantasy and reality


People frequently believe the creative life is grounded in fantasy. The more difficult truth is that creativity is grounded in reality, in the particular, the focused, the well-observed or specifically imagined.

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way, Week Four

mjc-julia on specificity

ORDERS: This weekend, observe your reality. Stare at it. From this angle, that. Now, choose a relationship—a dyad, two people, neither of them you—at the edge of your reality. So, not your parents, not you and your partner. How about—your neighbour and her lover? The two barristas, both tattooed, one pierced the other not, at your café? Your boss and her boss? Now. Start crafting a fantasy. Write it down, or keep it in your head. The point: create a story (unreal) that could be real. Effective fantasy MUST feel like it COULD happen. That’s what defines good fantasy, good erotica, good sci-fi. It might be outrageous—there might be unicorns, alients… but on some level, it’s real. It feels real.


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About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance Tell Me, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) Consequences (of defensive adultery), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure, 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. Coming in 2018: Text Me, Cupid, a steamy romance in four episodes. Current WiPs: Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Jewel of the Not-So-Spectacular Boobs, All In the Cards, and Un-Valentine. Yes, working on four projects simultaneously is a spectacularly bad idea.

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