*Alright, try not to think it as getting sloppy seconds from INTPCentral but I thought I'd post this here as well as other types besides INTP's may be more likely to give this a go.*
Several years ago I received a book called The Artist's Way. Heard of it? It's supposed to help improve creative productivity. Some things it purports seem worthwhile, others, meh, whatever, don't care so much about but if it makes me a better writer, then I'm down for it. A few people I've talked to over the years enjoyed the book and thought it was useful but weren't really able to give much detail.
It's somewhat of a workbook. There are questions and exercises throughout. I did go through the first chapter years ago and thought it was pretty sound. I still do the Morning Pages (3 pages of free writing each morning) about six days a week. For whatever reason, I never got around to finishing the book. (Oh yeah, I'm an INTP)
It's actually set up for people to be able to do as a group. I was thinking about hosting a group, as that could be a way to really hold my feet to the fire. On the other hand, I don't need a commitment just to fill a commitment. I was hoping to find out how worthwhile it may've been. Here's a brief lowdown from a place that offers it as a 12-week course. NFW would I pay $375 to take it as a class, (another reason why I would host a group), but still, time is the commodity of which I am most concerned and 12 weeks can be a heck of a commitment.
The subtitle of the book is A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. It doesn't do anything like try to profess what religion is right or, from what I've seen, start to lecture people as to how "good" of a member of your chosen religion one would need to be. It's pretty much written in the [insert your favorite deity __here] manner. It seems to acknowledge people having an inner spirit and possessing a need to connect or express that comes from an internal drive.
Has anyone gone through the book alone or with a group? What is your chosen means of artistic expression? What about others of your group? Would musicians, actors and painters find it as beneficial as writers? As some creative challenges may not be relevant to different types of artists, would you recommend or discourage various artistic types mixing?
Finally, were you able to go through the course in 12 weeks straight? Even though it's designed that way, is that overly ambitious? If you did it as a group, how big was your core? What would you think would be an ideal group size? Not counting meetings, how much time would you spend working on the book each week? Last thing I want no matter how helpful in theory would be for something to suck up all my time for writing.
Any other thoughts on the matter would be appreciated. Thanks!