This is a different kind of review than I'm used to. Instead of reading and reviewing a book, this toolkit required a bit more effort and dedication. My Artist's Way Toolkit was designed by Julia Cameron in order to help unblock, trace, and receive ideas.
The layout was very simple. You essentially log in, get prompted with a daily question to help you get started, and then are encouraged to start typing. If anything, it's more of an online journal that's meant to help get your creative juices flowing. Granted, if you didn't have a creative mind in the first place, this program won't really get you anywhere.
I was thrown off by the name of the program itself because I thought it was something that I could actually draw and sketch in. The only thing you can do in this program is what your keyboard can do... type.
I found it challenging to get up every morning and write something out into my toolkit. It wasn't very motivating and had too simple of an interface that didn't capture me. There were also various soundbites to listen to while you were working, but I thought my own soundtrack was better. Everyone has their own taste in music to listen to while working. There wasn't a lot you could do to personalize the program, which I think was a major downfall.
All in all, I don't think the program was worth it. You'd be better off sitting outside on a balcony with a pen and paper.
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I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own.