The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life

by Julia Cameron

Hardcover, 1998




New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, c1998.


Argues that conventional writing methods actually stifle creativity, presenting illustrative stories and the author's personal writing techniques that are designed to unlock one's creative powers.

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LibraryThing member briantomlin
Delightful Julia Cameron's book The Right to Write beautifully drives home the core message that writing should be something anyone can do, and should do. Writing should not be a big, formal deal. She gives personal anecdotes and exercises to help all of us let the writing inside us come out in its own way. This book can help anyone who is even thinking about writing avoid the traps of guilt and negativity, feelings of unworthiness that are far too common.… (more)
LibraryThing member Isabella81
one of the best self-help book on getting motivated to write. Get started with the creative process of writing.
LibraryThing member cosmicvibe
Filled with valuable information for writing and life in general
LibraryThing member hopewilbanks
This is by far my favorite book by Julia Cameron. If you are a writer who feels like your writing well has run dry, this is a MUST-read for you. You will find inspiration within the pages of this book.
LibraryThing member Starsister12
I have never copied so many quotes out of a book before. "The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation Into the Writing Life" by Julia Cameron not only inspired me, but also calmed and centered me. Ms. Cameron ascribes to the belief that everyone is a writer, that everyone is creative and has the right to express that creativity. They should not be discouraged from doing something they enjoy. Writers aren’t this special elite group set up high on an ivory tower with their jealous muses, but just people who work every day to create something. She talks about overcoming writers’ block, depression, discouragement, and many of the other evils that plague those in the arts. But most of all, she urges you to never give up and write every day.

I don’t agree with everything in "The Right to Write." For example, while I do think anyone can write if they want to, that doesn’t mean they will write well or be publishable. You may have the right to write, but that doesn’t mean I want everything others written, no matter how poor, shoved in my face and expect nothing but praise. (I take the giving and receiving of constructive criticism very seriously.) I don’t think that everyone has the mind or imagination or drive of a writer.
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LibraryThing member Ninetail
A bit hippieesque´but fun.
LibraryThing member howifeelaboutbooks
This book is a series of essays on various writing topics, like Practice, Procrastination, Dailiness, and more. I loved that approach because, though I read it straight through, it's definitely a book you could consume in bits and pieces. The advice is very accessible, and I never felt like Cameron was talking down on me. It was a great read, one I will definitely want to keep on my shelf, and one that truly inspired me.… (more)
LibraryThing member deldevries
I've read this several times and still find inspiration every time from Julia Cameron. The audio version is a wonderful choice as she is also the reader.
LibraryThing member heartofwisdom



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