Julia Cameron on Taking Yourself Lightly

It is one of the paradoxes of the sustained creative life that the more lightly we take ourselves the more serious work we will probably be able to do.  The more we bear down on ourselves, the more constricted we will feel, and the more vulnerable we will be to creative injury

Julia Cameron, Walking in This World.

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  1. Scott McIntyre · · Reply

    I most certainly agree with the quote, Joannna.

    When I let my imagination run riot, usually at least one useable idea emerges from the melting pot. Only then do I start reigning it in by writing it down.

    Trying to expand on an idea that’s already preconceived is so stifling.

    I guess that’s why I find ‘copycat’ writing (trying to emulate your own or someone else’s previous success) too restrictive.

    It’s like ending a journey before you’ve begun :-)

  2. Karen Swim · · Reply

    Joanna, what an appropriate quote for freedom month. “It is one of the paradoxes of the sustained creative life that the more lightly we take ourselves the more serious work we will probably be able to do.” This sentence caused my heart to skip faster. How true that when we lighten up, let go of of our inner critic we are able to do more serious work. I am fired up and looking forward to becoming freer as the month progresses.

    Karen xx

  3. Scott, I guess we all fall into copycat writing sometimes - trying to improve, to experiment, to practice new techniques, to model what’s worked for others we admire - whether consciously or not it’s probably going on somewhere. Where it goes awry is when we feel like we’ve lost our own voice - it doesn’t sound like us but that other person - and that’s the time we need to let go and allow our own writing voice to ‘just be’

    Karen - I think there’s a lot of truth in the sentence too - just wish I was better at taking my own medicine!

    I’d say your own writing is already running free - it’s a pleasure to read and watch just now

    Joanna

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