I must admit that the topic and the contents of these two essays are almost the same ones. Maybe the structure and the tips are slightly different, but the main issue is the same. Someone could claim that they are the same book in different words…
The tools she suggests to use are two: the morning pages and the artist’s date.
The first one pushes you to handwrite 3 pages first thing in the morning, no matter what, just write before the inner censor wakes up.
The second one asks you to reserve one date a week for your inner artist: it is up to you what to do. A cocnert, a museum, some CD music, a walk in the wood or a visit to a brook… you can choose. The important thing is that you love what you do, that you are alone and that this date feeds your curiosity.
The effect of these two tools, says Cameron, should be visible in few weeks.
One effect can be sincronicity: a significant coincidente (do you remember Jung?). This can have nothing to do with your artistic life, but it should show you the power of writing. I was strongly curios about this matter and throughout the web I found experiences about it, but nobody goes deep in the matter, they simply report coincidences. Of course, if you put your attention on a certain topic, you will find out a lot of coincidences: this is just consciousness. But will this change your life, as Cameron asserts?
In my opinion, although I noticed some sincronicities, I believe that the author stressed too much the aspect of magic.
Let’s simply name the thing as it is: attention. This is a powerful gun we often miss in our life, taken as we are by habits and complaints.
Attention, then, leads to action. And Action, yes, it can change your life.
Anyway, these two books are useful to help you cultivating and enhancing your attention, the first ring of the chain. Therefore they are welcome.