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In this long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron presents the next step in her course of discovering and recovering the creative self. Walking In This World picks up where The Artist's Way left off to present readers with a second course--Part Two in an amazing journey toward discovering our human potential. Cameron shows readers In this long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron presents the next step in her course of discovering and recovering the creative self. Walking In This World picks up where The Artist's Way left off to present readers with a second course--Part Two in an amazing journey toward discovering our human potential. Cameron shows readers how to inhabit this world with a sense of wonder, a childlike inquisitiveness that each of us was born with. Full of valuable new strategies and techniques for breaking difficult creative ground, this is the "intermediate level" of the Artist's Way program.


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In this long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron presents the next step in her course of discovering and recovering the creative self. Walking In This World picks up where The Artist's Way left off to present readers with a second course--Part Two in an amazing journey toward discovering our human potential. Cameron shows readers In this long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron presents the next step in her course of discovering and recovering the creative self. Walking In This World picks up where The Artist's Way left off to present readers with a second course--Part Two in an amazing journey toward discovering our human potential. Cameron shows readers how to inhabit this world with a sense of wonder, a childlike inquisitiveness that each of us was born with. Full of valuable new strategies and techniques for breaking difficult creative ground, this is the "intermediate level" of the Artist's Way program.

30 review for Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Conelli

    Walking In This World is the book you want to start reading immediately after finishing The Artist's Way. While The Artist's Way helps you understand your fears, overcome them and start creating, Walking In This World will guide you through the hurdles of your creative process. In this book, Julia's essays and tools are much deeper, much more philosophical, contemplative and also personal. She is not afraid to reveal her own weaknesses, or the weaknesses of her colleagues and students. She is the Walking In This World is the book you want to start reading immediately after finishing The Artist's Way. While The Artist's Way helps you understand your fears, overcome them and start creating, Walking In This World will guide you through the hurdles of your creative process. In this book, Julia's essays and tools are much deeper, much more philosophical, contemplative and also personal. She is not afraid to reveal her own weaknesses, or the weaknesses of her colleagues and students. She is there for you to show you that every artist faces the same struggles, and it's okay because it's just a part of the journey. Walking In This World helps artists create their support system, their safety net. This book will give you more than enough strength to "continue to continue", as Julia says. It will encourage you to reach even deeper into your artist's soul and understand that doing your art is the most natural thing in the world, your calling and your purpose.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    On first reading, I didn't get much out of this book. There is a certain amount of repetition of ideas from The Artist's Way but that didn't bother me - I was after something that would serve as a reminder of the principles of The Artist's Way without actually re-reading TAW yet again - what bothered me was the writing style which I felt needed some serious editing. There are some excruciating extended metaphors there. Really really painful. But the content is good, and while there is repetition, On first reading, I didn't get much out of this book. There is a certain amount of repetition of ideas from The Artist's Way but that didn't bother me - I was after something that would serve as a reminder of the principles of The Artist's Way without actually re-reading TAW yet again - what bothered me was the writing style which I felt needed some serious editing. There are some excruciating extended metaphors there. Really really painful. But the content is good, and while there is repetition, there are also some fresh ideas too, and reading it the second time I found it a lot more helpful. My first recommendation for a creativity book will, I suspect, always be The Artist's Way, but this book is a good follow up for those who feel that, having started on their path, they need a bit more guidance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Y'all know I love me some Artist's Way and here's my girl Julia's sequel (one of them) which I worked through on the page and on my feet on the Earth, doing a whoooooole lot of actual walking in this world during our pandemic year! Certain bits of this book are exquisite. Keep going, artists. Y'all know I love me some Artist's Way and here's my girl Julia's sequel (one of them) which I worked through on the page and on my feet on the Earth, doing a whoooooole lot of actual walking in this world during our pandemic year! Certain bits of this book are exquisite. Keep going, artists.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

    The format of Walking in this World is probably her best combination of stories that get you motivated and then interjecting tasks to try out for yourself. The Artist's Way was the first and so, in a way, it is the best, but she leaves all the tasks for the end of the chapter. I enjoyed The Right to Write because she put the tasks within the chapter, as she does with Walking in this World, but Walking in this World also has some of the feel of The Artist's Way as well. All in all though, Walking The format of Walking in this World is probably her best combination of stories that get you motivated and then interjecting tasks to try out for yourself. The Artist's Way was the first and so, in a way, it is the best, but she leaves all the tasks for the end of the chapter. I enjoyed The Right to Write because she put the tasks within the chapter, as she does with Walking in this World, but Walking in this World also has some of the feel of The Artist's Way as well. All in all though, Walking in this World, The Artist's Way, The Right to Write... they aren't all that different. If you enjoy one, you will probably enjoy them all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra Leigh

    I have used this Cameron book as a follow up to The Artist's Way. Walking in this World focuses on the business and practice aspects of being an artist, and aims to help creative people wed their worlds so that the creative/artist activities can connect to the more practical aspects of publishing, or showing your work, earning income with your talents, staying organized (an especially hard thing, I find, when involved in creative projects!). I recommend this book whether or not you've read any o I have used this Cameron book as a follow up to The Artist's Way. Walking in this World focuses on the business and practice aspects of being an artist, and aims to help creative people wed their worlds so that the creative/artist activities can connect to the more practical aspects of publishing, or showing your work, earning income with your talents, staying organized (an especially hard thing, I find, when involved in creative projects!). I recommend this book whether or not you've read any of Cameron's other books. I think it is practical, helpful and kind-spirited in its tone. For someone like me, who struggles with managing so many projects at once and whose life easily falls into chaos because of the many projects, a forgiving and humorous tone like hers is very much appreciated. I'm not the kind of person who benefits from the drill sergeant kinds of "how to organize your life and your work" books. They always make me feel like a failure! Cameron's, instead, makes me feel more appreciative of my own special style of moving through the world. I think that's one of the many gifts this book offers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    A continuation of The Artist's Way. I liked this. It wasn't the life-changing experience of working through The Artist's Way for the first time. It had more of a feel of smoothing out the rough edges, and teaching you how to live with the changes you were asked to make in the first book. For example, you don't have to give up reading for a week, but you do have to do more art. Recommended if you survived The Artist's Way and are worried about backsliding. A continuation of The Artist's Way. I liked this. It wasn't the life-changing experience of working through The Artist's Way for the first time. It had more of a feel of smoothing out the rough edges, and teaching you how to live with the changes you were asked to make in the first book. For example, you don't have to give up reading for a week, but you do have to do more art. Recommended if you survived The Artist's Way and are worried about backsliding.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    I've finished the book, that is, I've reached the last page.however, as anyone who has read any of the Artists Way books, this isn't really finished. What I've learnt from it for now is sufficient for this time in my life, for where I am in my creativity. In a year or some, more or less, I'll be back rereading it again and finding a different message. I high Y recommend Julia Cameron's work in all its guises but for newbies, start with the Artists Way. I've finished the book, that is, I've reached the last page.however, as anyone who has read any of the Artists Way books, this isn't really finished. What I've learnt from it for now is sufficient for this time in my life, for where I am in my creativity. In a year or some, more or less, I'll be back rereading it again and finding a different message. I high Y recommend Julia Cameron's work in all its guises but for newbies, start with the Artists Way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda Martin

    I love Julia Cameron's "Artist's Way" series. This is the second book in the series. I love Julia Cameron's "Artist's Way" series. This is the second book in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Roslyn

    When I first read the Artist's Way a decade ago I thought it was the best thing ever for my writing career. I started this book five years ago and never finished it. I finished it today on a whim and now I can tell you why this book had nothing to offer me--these are great books for people who just want some pop-psychology mumbo jumbo. Lots of white-washing and easy answers to genuinely tough and interesting psychological questions.This book feels good, like your older, wiser friend telling you When I first read the Artist's Way a decade ago I thought it was the best thing ever for my writing career. I started this book five years ago and never finished it. I finished it today on a whim and now I can tell you why this book had nothing to offer me--these are great books for people who just want some pop-psychology mumbo jumbo. Lots of white-washing and easy answers to genuinely tough and interesting psychological questions.This book feels good, like your older, wiser friend telling you that you can go and make great art you just have to believe. It's inspiring if that is inspiring to you. I may not be expressing this well but art interests me for real. Its purpose for the human making it and its purpose for the human enjoying (or not enjoying it). Especially stories. Why do we tell them? What needs do they meet? What is writer's block really? Should one make art because one is an artist, even if he/she doesn't have anything to say? To answer these questions and many questions like these I found books like Ayn Rand's Guide to Writing Fiction and Romantic Manifesto and Joseph Cambell's Hero With A Thousand Faces. And Non VIolent Communication. All of these books taught me more about making art than Cameron could at this point. As an intro book this book gets 3 stars--but for an intro book The Artist's Way is better. If you are not at the "intro" point though, this book is one star. It just repeats the same old memes you have already heard.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fernando Suarezserna

    I read this book instead of reading for second time its prequel, "The Artist's Way". I believe is was the right choice. It's a good refresh of the lessons the author offers in the prequel (one of the most important books I've read), plus she offers a few more tips. I didn't rate this book with five stars because I'm not fond of Julia's advice on the artist being... a God's tool? The author sees every artist as a God's medium to continue creating. And I find that thought dangerous. I believe that c I read this book instead of reading for second time its prequel, "The Artist's Way". I believe is was the right choice. It's a good refresh of the lessons the author offers in the prequel (one of the most important books I've read), plus she offers a few more tips. I didn't rate this book with five stars because I'm not fond of Julia's advice on the artist being... a God's tool? The author sees every artist as a God's medium to continue creating. And I find that thought dangerous. I believe that creation is an activity that's deeply human, not holy. Other than that, it's a solid book that I absolutely recommend reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    White

    By drawing on the accomplishments of artists, Cameron addresses how to handle some of the more difficult aspects of our own humanness. How to handle anger, investing in yourself, finding a balance without guilt are just a few focuses of this book. While reading this piece I got many connections to Tom Crum's The Magic of Conflict. Cameron instructs us how to change our anger to fuel, how to make the highest potential of your passion, etc. I love these books. In them are perspective, relief, and By drawing on the accomplishments of artists, Cameron addresses how to handle some of the more difficult aspects of our own humanness. How to handle anger, investing in yourself, finding a balance without guilt are just a few focuses of this book. While reading this piece I got many connections to Tom Crum's The Magic of Conflict. Cameron instructs us how to change our anger to fuel, how to make the highest potential of your passion, etc. I love these books. In them are perspective, relief, and a way to touch base with your self-respect.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Second in Ms Cameron trilogy - the first book Artist'a Way I read a number of years ago with a group of artists and found it very helpful. Reading and working through this second book has once again made a big difference in my attitude and I am gently heading back to my visual art and children's writing. Highly recommend for anyone who is stuck or facing a block to their creativity...read, do the exercises, think about what you have learned and go forward with your life. Second in Ms Cameron trilogy - the first book Artist'a Way I read a number of years ago with a group of artists and found it very helpful. Reading and working through this second book has once again made a big difference in my attitude and I am gently heading back to my visual art and children's writing. Highly recommend for anyone who is stuck or facing a block to their creativity...read, do the exercises, think about what you have learned and go forward with your life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bloomin’ChickJo

    This is a wonderful book & audio book and now my favorite of Ms. Cameron's! No matter what your creative outlet is, this book will offer you guidance and useful suggestions! This is a wonderful book & audio book and now my favorite of Ms. Cameron's! No matter what your creative outlet is, this book will offer you guidance and useful suggestions!

  14. 4 out of 5

    lyndel

    another in the series to motivate and encourage creativity .... its not as amazing as the first one but certainly can keep you going once you start... walking , literally !

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Bonetti

    Julia Cameron's books have seen me through many desert patches. I've recommended them to friends who agree. Julia Cameron's books have seen me through many desert patches. I've recommended them to friends who agree.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Sark

    p.8 – “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” (Joseph Campbell) p.10 – “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” (Frank Capra) p.11 – “What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” (Aristotle) p.15 – When we avoid our creativity, we avoid ourselves. p.17 – “The realization of the self is only possible if one is productive, if one can give birth to one’s own potentialities.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) Creativity is p.8 – “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” (Joseph Campbell) p.10 – “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” (Frank Capra) p.11 – “What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” (Aristotle) p.15 – When we avoid our creativity, we avoid ourselves. p.17 – “The realization of the self is only possible if one is productive, if one can give birth to one’s own potentialities.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) Creativity is inspiration coupled with initiative. p.18 – We hunger to make art the same way we may hunger to make love. It begins as desire, and desire requires that we act upon it if we are to conceive things. p.20 – Creative energy is energy. When we are worrying about creating instead of actually creating, we are wasting our creative energy. p.72 – “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” (Robert Bresson) p.103 – “I love those who yearn for the impossible.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) Teaching those around us what our priorities are – and remembering them ourselves – makes for harmonious relationships. Clarifying ourselves to others brings honest connections that are grounded in mutual respect. Honesty starts with us. Identifying those who habitually abuse us or our energies is pivotal, but identifying them is only step one. Avoiding them is step two. p.108 – Creativity expands in an atmosphere encouraging to it, and constricts self-protectively in an atmosphere that is cynical or hostile. This is why artists can have a difficult time accessing their best work in academia. p.117 – Creativity requires vigilant self-nurturing. p.121 – “All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world.” (Marcel Duchamp) p.125 – Creative work is often invisible to other people. p.133 – Creativity thrives on small, do-able actions. p.178 – For an artist, a bout with restlessness is best met with curiosity – not with the conclusion that your true cranky character is surging to the fore. p.231 – “Where there is great love there are always miracles.” (Willa Cather) p.271 – “Only the hear knows how to find what is precious.” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cherry Coley

    Julia Cameron is a great source of information and bundled creativity. She offers practical solutions to getting unblocked creatively. This book follows some of the same steps and suggestions as "The Artist's Way." which is another of her books. Each chapter is encouraging and offers practical insight with a few funny quotes thrown in. I admit I laughed out loud when she mentioned finishing a "work" that you've been immersed in for some time such as writing a play or novel. She said, "find ways Julia Cameron is a great source of information and bundled creativity. She offers practical solutions to getting unblocked creatively. This book follows some of the same steps and suggestions as "The Artist's Way." which is another of her books. Each chapter is encouraging and offers practical insight with a few funny quotes thrown in. I admit I laughed out loud when she mentioned finishing a "work" that you've been immersed in for some time such as writing a play or novel. She said, "find ways to be alone and allow yourself to come down from being immersed in that other world. You don't want your friends to think you've recently survived being abducted by aliens. We are all a little weird we're coming down off of a long creative experience." I couldn't have said that better myself. I really appreciate Julia's approach to things and her advice for staying unblocked and taking care of your spiritual and creative self is solid. I recommend this book for the creative and struggling person who needs a boost and some solid habits to put in place to be the best creative and insight person they can be.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Brookshire

    Excellent book. In her epilogue Julia Cameron encourages artists to form "creative clusters" and study this or any of her books together, and to do it without charging a fee, and without someone from the group becoming a guru or expert. I went through the book with two other writers (one is also a painter and potter). We shared our journey as peers in a Zoom call once a week. This is the second book we've gone through, and hope to repeat either The Artist's Way, this book, or move on to another Excellent book. In her epilogue Julia Cameron encourages artists to form "creative clusters" and study this or any of her books together, and to do it without charging a fee, and without someone from the group becoming a guru or expert. I went through the book with two other writers (one is also a painter and potter). We shared our journey as peers in a Zoom call once a week. This is the second book we've gone through, and hope to repeat either The Artist's Way, this book, or move on to another Cameron book in the fall. You learn something different every time you go through. All three of us have increased our creativity - one artist submitted her first piece in a local literary contest and won second place. And we listened to a podcast Cameron did recently - she speaks to the process simply and openly. Her process is a life-changer.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hazellie

    I love Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way and I try to write Morning Pages as often as I can. I listened to this on audio while I was going out on walks, and it was wonderful to just walk and listen to all the inspiration from this book. I did not work on the course by week, I am in the middle of a lot of other books and projects that are keeping me busy and I knew that coming in, but just being able to listen to the book and be inspired by everything Julia Cameron shares, kept me going. I have th I love Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way and I try to write Morning Pages as often as I can. I listened to this on audio while I was going out on walks, and it was wonderful to just walk and listen to all the inspiration from this book. I did not work on the course by week, I am in the middle of a lot of other books and projects that are keeping me busy and I knew that coming in, but just being able to listen to the book and be inspired by everything Julia Cameron shares, kept me going. I have this book on hardcopy too, and I know I will come back to it and devote some time to work on the exercises.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    I've read and practiced The Artist's Way several times, and was excited for this continuation. It's not a bad book, but for me wasn't nearly as helpful or insightful as The Artist's Way. There were a few new relevant topics, but the tasks were less fun and inspiring, the writing is often very repetitive, and the stories often feel contrived. There's still worthwhile material here, and I'm glad I read it. I've read and practiced The Artist's Way several times, and was excited for this continuation. It's not a bad book, but for me wasn't nearly as helpful or insightful as The Artist's Way. There were a few new relevant topics, but the tasks were less fun and inspiring, the writing is often very repetitive, and the stories often feel contrived. There's still worthwhile material here, and I'm glad I read it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    I love Julie Cameron. After completing The Artist’s Way for the 6th time, I chose to continue with another in the trilogy. While there’s a lot of duplication, I still appreciated the book. It’s an interesting process--life transformation through acts of creativity. It does make me think differently about my interests & efforts.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    It took forever for me to read this book in the midst of my early days pursuing a doctoral degree. I wanted to continue to think of myself as a creative at the same time I was training to be an academic. It offered lots of good advice but nothing as earth shattering as TAW the first time you read it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Su

    Some additional, very valuable advice and philosophy/encouragement regarding the artist life. Less vital than The Artists' Way, but really great when you want more Artists' Way and have all but memorized it from rereadings. Julia Cameron is the guru you've been missing in your creative life, friends. Definitely take a look, but start with The Artists' Way. Some additional, very valuable advice and philosophy/encouragement regarding the artist life. Less vital than The Artists' Way, but really great when you want more Artists' Way and have all but memorized it from rereadings. Julia Cameron is the guru you've been missing in your creative life, friends. Definitely take a look, but start with The Artists' Way.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kesi Augustine

    This is more insightful than The Artist's Way in some moments, and more repetitive than The Artist's Way in others. I found it sufficiently inspiring for my personal tastes. What I loved the most about this book is its powerful message. It strengthens you so you are ready to accept the idea of art making as being an act of service. This is more insightful than The Artist's Way in some moments, and more repetitive than The Artist's Way in others. I found it sufficiently inspiring for my personal tastes. What I loved the most about this book is its powerful message. It strengthens you so you are ready to accept the idea of art making as being an act of service.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Griffin

    This is the third in a series of books on creativity and the artist. Though this is a wonderful author on this topic, my disappointment with this book lies in the repetition and unnecessary elaboration of the points made from the first two books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Not as good as the artist way but if you wish to continue the weekly practice, it's a good read. Just know this one is not as 'light' as the first book but talks about all the negative feelings which might appear on the journey like depression, fear, self-loathing, criticism etc. Not as good as the artist way but if you wish to continue the weekly practice, it's a good read. Just know this one is not as 'light' as the first book but talks about all the negative feelings which might appear on the journey like depression, fear, self-loathing, criticism etc.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lize Barclay

    What a fantastic and practical guide to drag me out of a very long creative slump. I desperately needed this book and all the lessons and exercises in it. It is filled with relatable stories and examples. A must read for anybody who wants to take their life to a more creative and passionate level.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather Lowry Marshall

    Although not as life-altering as The Artist's Way, it did help me in many ways. While there was repetition from TAW, there were also some good nuggets. Although not as life-altering as The Artist's Way, it did help me in many ways. While there was repetition from TAW, there were also some good nuggets.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    All Julia’s books will move you forward !

  30. 5 out of 5

    Blant Simonetti

    quite an interesting book

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