“Think of this as a surveying tool, one in which you will get the lay of your emotional landscape.  This is a tool that you might want to think of as playing scout or lookout for hostile or dangerous elements in your life. . . . Actress Julianna McCarthy calls this tool ‘Who would you take to the war?’ . . .

“Physically list those people who are friendly to you and your writing and those people who are dangerous to you and your writing.  Remember that there are people with good intentions who are detrimental to your work while there are other people whose impact is invigorating.  Emotional closeness does not always translate as safety.”


Julia Cameron, The Right to Write (New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1998), 192.