My Artist's Way toolkit is web-based applications centered on the principles in Julia Cameron’s book The Artist's Way. I used the application for a few weeks and I think it could be helpful for people looking to push themselves or get out of a creative rut. Each week the app provides writing prompts and activiites. Examples of prompts included “Visit a part of town that you’ve never been to before” or “If you had five lives to live how would you lead them?” In addition the app provides daily quotes from Julia’s book and space for daily writings.
I enjoy writing and in another life where my day was not focused on my family and full-time job I think I might’ve really enjoyed the discipline of using the app but in the real life I live right now I found it’s function duplicative to the creative push I get from blogging. I also felt the daily quotes were too abstract, but this could be attributed to the lack of context (I have not read the original book). Not everyone enjoys the public nature of blogging and I think that this app could be quite useful for someone looking for a disciplined way to practice writing or break out of a creative rut. I enjoyed using the app in bit and pieces on my phone during breaks in my workday. It was a nice way to fit in some creative thinking during the moments that present themselves! You can learn more about the My Artist’s Way toolkit and the BlogHer Book Club here.