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The Writing Diet – Book Review


Author: Julia Cameron

Devour it

→ Nibble till it’s gone

Spit it out

Julia Cameron has written 25 books, both fiction and non-fiction. One of her best-sellers is The Artist’s Way, which is also the basis of courses she teaches, helping students find their creativity.

As she was teaching over the years, she saw her students not only transform their creative brains, but she saw them transform their bodies and lifestyles as well.

The Writing Diet explains that process. She provides several tools ”” “Morning Pages,” journaling, asking yourself four questions to distract you from your cravings, going on culinary adventures, and something as simple as taking walks, among many other exercises.

I didn’t think I’d find much of interest in this book because not only do I tap my creativity constantly, I’m not one for exercises and assignments. But I read the whole thing fairly quickly, enjoying it immensely. While I didn’t do any of the exercises, per se, many of them did make me stop and think.

She talks about “eating clean” which is the same thing I’m trying to do. She said, “The healthiest way to view our relationship to food is to see it in terms of progress, not perfection. Now we are eating more healthfully, if not perfectly. This is progress, and it is progress with which we must learn to be satisfied.”


My favorite image from the book was a woman she quoted. “I have to take my overeating one day at a time,” says Eleanor. “I feel like I have my finger in the dyke. I can’t keep it there forever, but I can keep it there just for a day.”

I like that. In fact, there was a lot of similar talk about 12-step programs. Another of her students said he thought it was easier to be an alcoholic because alcoholics can stay away from liquor but everyone needs to eat.

If you can eat right for one day, maybe you can get up and do it again tomorrow. Pretty soon, you may find you’ve been doing it for years.

Lots of excellent, practical advice.

If you haven’t tried journaling before and seem to have some issues with food or healthy living, then you might benefit from reading The Writing Diet and doing the tasks Cameron lays out for each chapter.

What have you got to lose … besides weight, that is?

Have you tried journaling? Did it work for you? Have you ever dumped a bad habit or incorporated a good one? How did you do it?

The Glamorous Life of a Writer

It seems I always end up on the most difficult path in any endeavor except, ironically, when I’m literally on a path. But even I was surprised when I accomplished all this stuff over the course of five days …

• videotaped and edited six videos (including wardrobe and jewelry changes!)

• posted them to the Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle YouTube channel

• tested and finalized a dozen or so recipes (finally perfecting the Guinness Ice Cream!)

• revamped and reformatted Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle Cookbook #1

• compiled all the recipes in Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle Cookbook #2

• created a Just Desserts compilation cookbook

• created a compilation cookbook from Cookbooks #1 and #2

• made internal hyperlinks in the appropriate places in all 4 cookbooks (so when people are reading them and I refer to a related blog post or video or website, they can click the live link and be taken there … right on their Kindle!)

• bookmarked and hyperlinked each recipe to the Table of Contents in all 4 cookbooks (so when people want to go from the Table of Contents directly to a specific recipe, they just need to click on the name of the recipe in the TOC)

• searched line by line for extra spaces, tabs and hard returns in all 4 cookbooks

• wrote marketing copy for all 4 cookbooks

• agonized over where to set the prices

• created covers for all 4 cookbooks (luckily I have a theme going, so all the covers are similar)

• uploaded all 4 titles to Kindle

• added all the new covers to the Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle Facebook page

The truly remarkable thing about all that? I didn’t know how to do 95% of it nine months ago.

What can you do now that you couldn’t do a year ago?

My Dad’s Christmas List

My Dad only wants one thing for Christmas … to become your benevolent dictator with wicked awesome powers. Here’s his platform, even though dictators don’t really need one. I guess that’s why he’s benevolent.

• Mistreatment of women, children, or pets will result in a painful, itchy rash that will last for two years at which time your skin will turn green.

• Term limits for every political office. Eight years, then OUT. Out of Washington, out of politics, back home where you will live like the rest of us with the laws you wrote.

• If you don’t use your turn indicators, your engine will die in the middle of the turn and won’t restart for forty-five minutes.

• Tobacco, marijuana, and Brussels sprouts plants will get blight and become extinct.

• No more political campaigns. Elections will be by lottery. Every citizen’s name is in the hat. Draw your name and you are the President, congressmen, city council, or whatever. Except for lawyers. They are ineligible. You will serve for eight years, then OUT. If you haven’t stolen enough by then, you just weren’t trying.

• Chocolate will taste as sweet but will have no calories.

• Salt, sugar and trans fats will be discovered to cure cancer if taken in sufficient amounts.

• Anyone can serve in the military but only men over fifty can go into harms way. Walkers, wheelchairs, oxygen tanks and no exemptions.

So, would you vote him in as Benevolent Dictator? Got any Dictatoristic advice for him?