How to Avoid Making Art: a cartoon lecture from Julia Cameron #minibookreview

I spent a night last week  with Julia Cameron. Like, really. In person. We’re besties.

Ok, there were hundreds of other people there. But we were in the same room. And we totally made eye-contact. (She was in Edmonton on October 5, so of course I drove the 300 km to see here.)

If you don’t know who Julia Cameron in–how can you not?–she’s the author of The Artist’s Way and she sorta saved my life back in 2014 (long sob story).

Anyway. Today, I just want to introduce this fun little book to you:

Illustrated by Julia’s sister Elizabeth, this book is essentially a cartoon lecture on saying enough’s enough to the part of you that comes up with excuses to NOT write, paint, dance, love… and to do the stuff.

The publisher says:

In How to Avoid Making Art, the bestselling author of The Artist’s Way delivers a (tongue-in-cheek!) guide to doing anything and everything you possibly can to avoid making art. Anyone who is engaged in a creative pursuit will no doubt identify with these wonderful cartoons by award-winning artist Elizabeth Cameron of creative wannabes doing everything except actually getting down to work.

“For most people creativity is a serious business,” says Julia Cameron. “They forget the telling phrase ‘the play of ideas’ and think that they need to knuckle down and work more. Often, the reverse is true. They need to play.” Ultimately, the characters in this book show us how we can turn our procrastination into play and our play into great work. With this delightful volume, Julia Cameron once again hits the nail on the head on the subject of creativity.

Jane says: “This book is a great way of introducing The Artist’s Way to the non-reader in your life!”

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Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and the just released TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes 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, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown.

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