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It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again

Twenty-five years ago I wrote a book on creativity called The Artist’s Way. It spelled out, in a step-by-step fashion, just what a person could do to recover— and exercise— their creativity. I often called that book “The Bridge” because it allowed people to move from the shore of their constrictions and fears to the promised land of deeply fulfilling creativity.

The Artist’s Way was used by people of all ages, but I found my just-retired students the most poignant. I sensed in them a particular problem set that came with maturity. Over the years, many of them asked me for help dealing with issues specific to transitioning out of the work force. It's Never Too Late to Begin Again is the distillate of a quarter century’s teaching. It is my attempt to answer, “What next?” for students who are embarking on their “second act.” In this book you will find the common problems facing the newly retired: too much time, lack of structure, a sense that our physical surroundings suddenly seem outdated, excitement about the future coupled with a palpable fear of the unknown. As a friend of mine worried recently, “All I do is work. When I stop working, will I do . . . nothing?”

The answer is no. You will not do “nothing.” You will do many things. You will be surprised and delighted by the well of colorful inspiration that lies within you— a well that you alone can tap. You will discover that you are not alone in your desires, and that there are creativity tools that can help you navigate the specific issues of retirement.Those who worked the Artist’s Way will find some of the tools familiar. Other tools are new, or their use is innovative.

This book attempts to address many taboo subjects for the newly retired: boredom, giddiness, a sense of being untethered, irritability, excitement, and depression, to name just a few. It seeks to give its practitioners a simple set of tools that, used in combination, will trigger a creative rebirth. It attempts to prove that everyone is creative— and that it is never too late to explore your creativity.

--from It's Never Too Late to Begin Again

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9 Comments on "It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again"

  1. Cyndi Sabo says:

    Excited to dive into this book! I have loved all of Cameron’s books.

  2. I am working my way through your book, Julia, “The Artist’s Way”, maybe a bit halfheartedly, but nevertheless, going forward. One thing I’ve managed to keep going thus far are my morning pages. It wasn’t until after more than 100 days that I thought they may actually be making some sort of difference to me. I intend to finish the course and then I want to read, “It’s Never Too Late To Begin Again”. My creativity only started when I was nearing my 60th birthday, but I’m learning so much . Thank you for sharing your insights.

  3. Michael Willis says:

    I read your book, The Artist Way over a decade ago. I have been doing my morning pages “fairly” consistantly ever since. They have been strategic to my thinking on paper and planning. As I look back I can see the many goals that have become reality. If I go a few days without the morning pages my spirit drives me back to be refreshed and inspired again.
    I think of you often Julia. Thanks for your books and encouragement!

    Michael Willis

  4. Mary Kirby says:

    Hi Julia,

    I was introduced to you several years ago by our mutual dear friend, Rosemary Welden. I miss her so. Great to know that your newest book is about the wonderful discovery of one’s creativity later in our life’s journey. I’ll check it out of my local public library.

    Mary Kirby

  5. I have been working through “The Artists Way” and going through difficult life experiences at the same time. I must say that turning up to my pages over the last three months ( and I’ve never missed a day since I started, even when I thought they were pretty useless) , has been a great way to relieve the pressure of situations. When I finish I look forward to getting ” It’s Never too Late to Begin Again” . Thank you for the work that you do. And God Bless…

  6. Morning pages and “The Artist’s Way” have guided me through years of ups and downs, highs and lows. I am thrilled at the prospect of retiring one day, and eager to read this new work. Thank you, Julia Cameron! 🙂

  7. Very excited! I will retire next year. Have been thinking of repeating THE ARTIST’S WAY which was transformational when I did it six years ago. I suspect it would be a “different” program for me after all the changes of the last six years. Thrilled to see this come out (but not surprised as synchronicity is my life now.) Just can’t decide whether to do it now in preparation or wait until I retire (which will be a Masteryear for me). Regardless, heading to the bookstore after work today. Thank you!

  8. Barbara Bass says:

    Is this the same book as “The Artist’s Way for Retirement”? I had to order my copy of this book through a third-party at Amazon. It was sent from England. I didn’t realize it had a different US title — or maybe it’s a different book? Whatever, I’m liking it. It’s already helped me to get a jump-start on my retirement. I’ve already written an essay and come up with ideas for 2 more. I’ve also started knitting!

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