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Julia Cameron

  • Leap and the net will appear.

  • Nothing dies harder than a bad idea.

  • ... the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality. The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.

  • ... possibility is far more frightening than impossibility ...

  • An artist requires the upkeep of creative solitude. An artist requires the healing of time alone. Without this period of recharging, our artist becomes depleted. Until we experience the freedom of solitude, we cannot connect authentically. We may be enmeshed, but we are not encountered. Art lies in the moment of encounter. We meet our truth and we meet ourselves and we meet our self-expression.

  • If you are too busy to develop your talents, you are too busy.

  • Creativity — like human life itself — begins in darkness.

  • Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.

  • ... when I talk about a writing life, I'm talking about a life in which writing is the dominant response to living.

    • Julia Cameron,
    • in Writer's Digest ()
  • Pivotal to a happy writing life is a practice of daily personal writing.

    • Julia Cameron,
    • in Writer's Digest ()
  • We waste a lot of time and a lot of talent trying to write for the common reader, whom we will never meet. Instead we should be writing for our ideal reader.

    • Julia Cameron,
    • in Writer's Digest ()
  • Writing is a combination of being alert to your outer surroundings and alive to your inner reality ...

    • Julia Cameron,
    • in Writer's Digest ()
  • We don't often talk about the fact that writing is all about rhythm. When you get too up in your head, you can lose a lot of your writing. Sometimes what a writer really needs to do is go dancing.

    • Julia Cameron,
    • in Writer's Digest ()
  • When writing becomes too dominant, it gets leached of its own power. We spend more and more time writing, and we have less and less to write about.

    • Julia Cameron,
    • in Writer's Digest ()
  • Many of us believe that 'real artists' do not experience self-doubt. In truth, artists are people who have learned to live with doubt and do the work anyway.

    • Julia Cameron,
    • in Writer's Digest ()
  • Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough — that we should try harder.

  • 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, U.S. writer, artist, poet, playwright, filmmaker, composer, journalist

(1948)

Full name: Julia B. Cameron.