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Quotes from “The Artist’s Way” Introduction

I’m going through The Artist’s Way for a second time this summer, and I thought it may be useful for myself and others to gather up all my underlines in one place as a handy reference. It’s truly an amazing and potentially life-changing book which I can not recommend more highly. Check it out for yourself here. This week post is on the very beginning of the book, the introduction.


Allow yourself to experiment with the idea that there might be a Great Creator and you might get some kind of use from it in freeing your own creativity.” (xi)

You do not need to understand electricity to use it.” (xii)

No matter what your age or your life path, where making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.” (xii)

In short, the theory doesn’t matter as much as the practice itself does.” (xiii)

Once you agree to clearing these pathways, your creativity emerges.” (xiii)

I learned to get out of the way and let that creative force work through me. I learned to just show up at the page and write down what I heard.” (xiv)

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