Elizabeth Shue's Bookshelf
By Julia Cameron
Almost six years ago, before I was given the incredible opportunity to be in Leaving Las Vegas, I was going through a long period of artistic confusion. I'd spent years doing work that hadn't pushed me enough, and I was beginning to wonder if I had any talent. This book helped me recall why I loved being an actress and why I had to continue. I'd become disconnected from the childlike play that art could be. I was spending so much time fearing I wasn't good enough that I lost the sense that my artistic expression was worthy. This book is a wonderful step-by-step way to reclaim your youthful love of creating and your faith in yourself. One of the most important ideas it gave me was something called morning pages—daily stream-of-consciousness writing that allows you to purge your demons, fears, frustrations, anger, or ordinary blather, to clear your head and allow your heart and instinct to connect with your higher creative self. This book helps you remember.