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It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: What to Expect

It’s Never too Late to Begin is a twelve-week course for anyone who wishes to expand their creativity. It is not meant only for “declared” artists. It is aimed at those transitioning into the second act of life— leaving one life behind, and heading into one yet to be created. For some, this may mean retiring from the formal work world, for others this may mean facing an empty nest once the children have grown up and left home, for still others this may simply mean rejuvenating the creative spirit when suddenly branded “senior citizen.”
Each week, you will read the week's chapter and complete the tasks within. You will work with four Basic Tools: the daily tool of Morning Pages, the once- weekly Artist Date, and twice- weekly solo walks. The Memoir will unfurl over the entire twelve weeks, as you revisit your unique story one manageable section at a time.
Twelve weeks— three months— may seem like a long time, but think of it as a few-hours-weekly investment in the next phase of your life.

BASIC TOOLS:

MORNING PAGES
Three daily pages of longhand, stream-of-consciousness writing done first thing in the morning, “for your eyes only”
MEMOIR
A weekly, guided process of triggering memories and revisiting your life in several-year increments
ARTIST DATES
A once-weekly, solo expedition to explore something fun
WALKING
A twenty minute solo walk, twice weekly, without dog, friend or cell phone

from It's Never Too Late to Begin Again

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4 Comments on "It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: What to Expect"

  1. My current post on my blog references The Artist’s Way. Thank you for writing this helpful book.

  2. just purchased this book, reading on the Kindle. Can’t wait to start….

  3. Over the weekend, I attended my 30 year high school reunion. Started chatting with a classmate who acts and does voice work. For some reason, I told her about my burning desire to be a writer and about how critical I am of my work. She recommended your book. Yesterday, while the eclipse was taking place here in Ohio, I purchased it and have begun. Looking forward to opening myself up!

  4. Catherine A Morrin says:

    Hi, Julia. I’m working my way with three friends through It’s Never too Late. I’ve used the tools faithfully and previously studied The Artist’s Way twice with groups. This time I’ve been driven to go even deeper into myself, my past, and my inner life. Dark sometimes, but getting brighter. I’ve been reminded of Women Who Run with the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, specifically her chapter on The Ugly Duckling story, Finding One’s Pack: Belonging as Blessing. Are you familiar with this book and this chapter? It explores the psychology of why people feel they don’t belong and how to find their creative, wild side. It syncs beautifully with your work, and I think you’d enjoy this chapter and find it meaningful. I’ve thought of you often as I’ve reread it and wanted to be sure you are aware of it.

    Cathy Morrin

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