Some background here: Author/creativity teacher Julia Cameron, in her book Walking in This World—second book of The Artist’s Way series—has an exercise called “The Communion of All Saints,” in which she has the reader list some creative/artistic personages who are no longer living, choose one of them, and initiate a “conversation” with them on paper. She writes, “Have you considered asking your creative saints, those artists you admire who have passed over, for creative help?
An epiphany of sorts hit me as I was commuting to work on the train not too long ago: I’m a good writer, dammit. I need to write. A lot. Not just pages or Facebook posts. Something substantial. Everybody knows it, is impressed by it, and says I should do something with it—but I don’t. Julia Cameron, in The Artist’s Way, says that the refusal to be creative is self-will and contrary to G-d’s plan for us. This is something to keep in mind. What prompted this epiphany? There was