A lot of innovative creatives—Julia Cameron included—have referred to obtaining inspiration as “filling the well.” To do this, you go on Artist Dates, take a walk, venture out into the world; you fill your well as you go. Cameron’s third tome in The Artist’s Way trilogy, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance, is a step-by-step guide on how to fill your well up.
Though some artists claim to have never hit a dry spell—in fact, many acclaimed writers say they’ve never even had writer’s block—most of us have felt as if our wells have run dry at some point or another. Maybe it was after an initial success without a better or equal follow-up; perhaps it was after a time of illness, depression, poverty or other rough period. Whatever the reason, the answer is always to come back to the page—or the project—and Finding Water helps the artist to do just that.