Oh I agree Em - that's my take on movies, too. There's too much horror in the world, I don't need to watch a depressing movie to remind me. To me, movies are about escapism and entertainment, and fiction books, very much the same.
The book is wonderful Em - it's a kind of 12 week course. You read a chapter each week and she sets you creative tasks to do each week, including taking yourself on an 'artists date' where you go and do something interesting and fun on your own. I lived in Korea when I did the book, and believe me, it was easy to do my artists dates - from trips to ancient temples and hikes in mountains to buying cool stationery and glitter pens in cheapie shops.
You also have to write 'morning pages', a 3 page journal entry EVERY day (the thing I learnt was that I could write every day!) ... plus a whole range of other things like writing a letter to your future self blah blah blah.
I did a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional writing at uni. I ended up majoring in scriptwriting and freelance journalism because I despised our fiction teacher (and he me).
I didn't write another piece of fiction after his class which was in second year, so I was about 19. I was so scarred by the experience and have since met many grads from other years who also said the same thing! And that teacher went on to get a Nobel nomination for his contribution to literature!!! Argh!!!
Anyway, about a decade after my run ins with this fiction teacher, I was given this book by Julia Cameron and it helped me get back in touch with my fiction writing self and get over those old wounds
and it also helped me rediscover my voice - which is very much in the humorous/chick lit genre and I've even been dabbling in some teen stuff as well - teen fiction is a secret passion of mine
and my 12 year old niece and I constantly trade novels - from Princess Diaries stuff to the "All About Rachael" series. Love it!
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
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