Cover Photo: The header image for this piece is a painting that Swan completed while reading THE ARTIST'S WAY. A yellow sky with a bright orange sun hangs above green hills. At the bottom of the painting, a bright orange ball floats in a pool's blue water.
Art by Swan Huntley

‘The Artist’s Way’ is Better Than My Way

Is my singular definition of myself as a novelist useful to me?

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The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

The Artist’s Way


Week One: Recovering a Sense of Safety

Is my singular definition of myself as a novelist useful to me?

Before reading this chapter, I had understood my creative past to be intact.

Week Two: Recovering a Sense of Identity


This photograph shows a bright red rubber ball floating in turquoise blue water. The water is the color of swimming pool water and has bubbles on its surface like it may be in a jacuzzi
Photograph courtesy of Swan Huntley

Oh. Just as I have singularly defined myself as a novelist, I have singularly devoted myself to work and exercise at the expense of all the other aspects of existence.

Is this my real life? Because it looks like a bummer.

Week Three: Recovering a Sense of Power

synchronicityOh god.

Week Four: Recovering a Sense of Integrity

andGet away from me!


reading deprivation

Week Five: Recovering a Sense of Possibility

Week Six: Recovering a Sense of Abundance


Chapter Seven: Recovering a Sense of Connection

Is my singular definition of myself as a novelist useful to me?

Week Eight: Recovering a Sense of Strength

Oh, that’s right, things will keep changing.

Week Nine: Recovering a Sense of Compassion

No, I don’t do that.


Week Ten: Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection

Oh yeah, I am not a soldier. I am a precious object.

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Week Eleven: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy


Week Twelve: Recovering a Sense of Faith

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The Artist’s Way Could this be better?

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Swan Huntley is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels include Getting Clean With Stevie Green, The Goddesses, and We Could Be Beautiful. She earned her MFA at Columbia University and has received fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo. Her essays have appeared on Salon, The Rumpus, and Autostraddle, among others.