About The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron

This post was written by Megan on February 17, 2011
Posted Under: Burnout and creativity,burnout and recovery

Julia Cameron cartoon

I was thinking about the previous post Interview with Michael Nobbs on Sustainable Creativity and Tea and how Michael talked about being creative 'little and often' while feeling like a drugged rhinoceros (my words, not his).

But what if we don't know where to start with this creativity business? And are too tired to work it out?


Don't you remember?

I've already tried to help you there with the post: How to be creative with foggy brain. But if that didn't float your boat, or you would like some more ideas, there is always Julia Cameron's 'The Sound of Paper'


Sound of Paper cover

I have mentioned Julia Cameron before (Scribbling Rubbish and Meditation Made Manageable), talking about stream-of-consciousness writing, as described in her bestseller 'The Artist's Way'


The Artist's Way cover


In The Sound of Paper, Julia first explains the purpose of the book:

"It is intended as a creative companion. its essays are modest and gentle. Each is accompanied by a matching task, also modest and gentle. It is my belief that we make great strides in our creativity by taking little steps….One essay at a time, one task at a time, you will become more and more familiar with your own creative strengths."


'Modest and gentle' 

I like that. To be honest, modest and gentle is all I can manage most of the time. Well, except when I'm frustrated and snippy. 

The key thing to remember is that by being modest and gentle in anything we do, we have the power to become creative and strong. Sometimes this is really hard to believe, I'll grant you. It requires a leap of faith when we feel least able to leap for anything. 


Why be creative now, of all times?

Why be creative when you feel you have the least amount of energy for it? Because creativity not only reminds you who you are, it can also introduce you to dormant aspects of yourself. Dormant aspects that, if awoken while in your haze, will help you through this time.

You may want to run a mile from drawing, and writing might not be your penchant. The creative process is as much about muddling through to find what kind of creativity resonates with you. Building model boats or taking photographs? Singing opera or twanging at the ukulele? The choice is yours.


Let us know…

…what kind of creativity makes you forget about how you feel, even just for a moment? Perhaps…dare I say it…even transforms the way you feel, even just for a little while?


This post was written by Megan Hills. Megan is a writer and cartoonist who likes the sound of 'The Sound of Paper'.  Find out more about Megan

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