Monday, January 21, 2008

The Artist's Way

My mother and I do not always agree about what makes a good book. She couldn't finish The Time Traveler's Wife; I couldn't finish Goldie Hawn's autobiography.

It was on her recommendation that I read Julia Cameron's memoir. It was slightly better than Goldie's. I did take the time to finish reading it, though I still get the two confused: who had a relationship with Scorsese? who witnessed one of her closest friends being hit by a car? The most interesting part of Cameron's book was when she wrote about the development of her program for writers, The Artist's Way. I was fascinated by the rigor of it, and the idea that if you just keep writing, a little bit every day, you will find you have something to say.

Lately, I have not felt that I had much to say, but I did not realize I missed writing until this weekend. Thing One was working on a school assignment. She had pulled a plot idea, a character and a setting out of a bag and had to make a story with them. Watching her writing in her little composition book, her hair tucked behind her ears and her pencil tapping her forehead, I thought "Hey, remember when you enjoyed writing? Remember when you would rewrite a sentence endlessly in your mind before sitting down to put your ideas on paper?"

Coincidentally (or not) this was also the weekend I received an e-mail from Karen Beth asking if I would be interested in taking part in a support/discussion group focused on The Artist's Way. We will read the book and then work through the workbook together, sharing our experiences on a blog. So, why not? I am going to give it a go and I will share my thoughts here.

And, proud mama that I am, I have to share the first couple of sentences of Thing One's story.

Hello, Reader, I'm finally talking again! I know you're surprised, but let me tell you the story.

Aren't you on the edge of your seat?!


Recy Vintage & Creations said...

I'm so excited that you are going to join in on the journey here! I've never read Cameron's bio but I've gotten the sense that her life is a stark contrast to the TAW book and concept and the way it is put across.

I hope you LOVE it!

I am so happy to see a post from you again! You've been missed!


Karen Beth :)

Waldeck Dry Goods said...

I've started "morning pages" again and again, but I never seem to be able to stick with them for the time that Cameron recommends. I have the book... I really should commit to reading and doing the exercises!

Beck said...

I hope you REALLY enjoy the process! I love writing everyday, now that I'm in the habit of doing it again.
And this:
She couldn't finish The Time Traveler's Wife; I couldn't finish Goldie Hawn's autobiography.

Beck said...

... made me laugh and laugh.

Steph said...

I am doing a happy little dance, 'cause I made Beck laugh!

Beck - have you done it? I would love to hear your thoughts.

learp17 said...

That's a great start to a story! Mommy pride well deserved.

Passionate Denys said...

Hey girl -
I finally started a blog too because I had to - lol - requirement to be "thinking" while taking coaching certification.

So instead of 4pm calls we can chat in our blogs now!

msbelle said...

Good to see you back Steph! We missed you!

I love the beginning of the story. It sounds like she's on her way to a good one!