Revisiting The Right to Write

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I have been revisiting Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write, which I first read in 2006, and remembering how much I liked it. I love her “writing for all” philosophy and her writing warm ups. Some more quotes:

“If words give us power, when do we start to lose our power over words? When do we start to feel that some of us are “good” at language and even have a shot at being ‘writers’ while the rest of us just happen to use it and don’t dare consider ourselves in that league” (2)

“I believe what we want to write wants to be written. I believe that as I have the impuse to create, the something I want to create has an impulse to want to be born.” (18)

I recently did one of her extended prompts, the hot list, to mine some ideas for writing. I encourage you to do it yourself and write in your own answers. Consider yourself tagged!

What three topics do you often read about?
1. Education/test scores/writing
2. The presidential race
3. creativity

What three topics do you often think about?
1. God and prayer
2. Creativity and writing
3. parenting

What are five of your favorite books? (I tried to be current here and skipped War and Peace, etc..)

1. At the Children’s Gate by Adam Gopnik
2. From Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
3. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
4. Masters of Make Believe by Leonard S. Marcus
5. Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Loyd

What do these books have in common?
They’re creative nonfiction, about kids, parenting, France, New York, nostalgia and romance.

What are your five favorite movies?
1. Moonstruck
2. Chocolat
3. Polar Express
4. Diner
5. October Sky

What do your movies have in common with your books?They’re also romantic, nostalgic, about New York and France.

What is your favorite fairy tale?
The elves and the shoemaker.

What is your favorite children’s book?

Corderoy by Don Freeman
Corderoy is such an optimist!

What do your favorite fairy tale and childhood book have in common?They’re both about secret things that happen at night. They’re both about the forces of “fate” acting to help someone.

List five topics you are currently thinking about?

1. blogging
2. junking
3. traveling
4. writing
5. mental health

Which topics feel “hot” now?blogging
junking-writing

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2 responses to “Revisiting The Right to Write

  1. Cindi

    I read about current events, mysteries and animals.
    I think about Life, my mom and brother who are no longer with us and the world. My 5 favorite books are “To Kill a Mockingbird, Marley and Me, for one more day, God at the Speed of Light and the Bible. My favorite movies are
    “Billy Jack”, “Polar Express”, “Butch Cassidy and the
    Sundance Kid”, “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Forrest Gump!” I think their similarities are they say things about life, and believe in yourself. “The Old Lady in the Shoe is my favorite Fairy Tale and My favorite children’s book is “The Velveteen Rabbit.” I can’t seem to think of any similarities between the two.
    Tearooms, friendships, visiting blog sites, my family and my hurt knee. The hottest are my knee and friendships. Thanks, Cindi

  2. tim

    What three topics do you often read about?
    1. Vegetarian cooking
    2. Celebrity gossip
    3. Cultural studies articles
    What three topics do you often think about?
    1. Food and drink
    2. School/assignments
    3. Sexuality and identity issues

    What are five of your favorite books?

    1. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
    3. A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man by James Joyce
    4. Harry Potter series (but especially The Order of the Phoenix)
    5. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

    What do these books have in common?
    They’re fiction, coming of age stories about people learning who they are against backdrops of social chaos.

    What are your five favorite movies?
    1. Clueless
    2. Mermaids
    3. Dazed and Confused
    4. Ferris Buler’s Day Off
    5. Mean Girls

    What do your movies have in common with your books? The films center on stories of youths learning who they are and what they want to be.

    What is your favorite fairy tale?
    Beauty and the Beast

    What is your favorite children’s book?

    A Gift For Tia Rosa by Karen Taha. It’s actually a chapter book that my 2nd grade teacher read to the class. Then I bought it at the book fair and read it at least 25 times. I wish I could find another copy and re-read it.

    What do your favorite fairy tale and childhood book have in common? They have female protagonists who learn something about themselves through loss and acceptance of others.

    List five topics you are currently thinking about?

    1. bowling
    2. traveling
    3. cooking
    4. writing
    5. finances

    Which topics feel “hot” now?
    writing (i’m getting some good stuff down on the page!), finances, cooking.

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