- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC (September 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936891131
- ISBN-13: 978-1936891139
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Steven Pressfield is the author of GATES OF FIRE, TIDES OF WAR, THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN, THE WAR OF ART, TURNING PRO, DO THE WORK, THE WARRIOR ETHOS, among others. He lives in Los Angeles. In 2008, he was made an honorary citizen by the city of Sparta in Greece.
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Top Customer Reviews
Some of the chapters are a few sentences. It was as if he wrote the chapter title and the topic and decided he didn't need to thresh it out at all. I read the entire book literally in a few minutes. When you buy a book for $7-8 dollars, you do expect something more.
So, I'm feeling guilty now, because he is such a great writer, but this is not worthy of his talent and I cannot recommend it. Someone who wasn't a professional writer but can string sentences together could have written it. It was not - his authentic swing. I hope he can forgive me for saying so.
Okay, that out of the way, it's a five star book and well worth your time and thought process if you're thinking of writing a novel, have started and stopped a novel or any kind of combination of the aforementioned.
I do recommend reading: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles and Turning Pro first, and check out Pressfield's blog as well, I've only been exposed to his work as of a few weeks ago, and it has already had a good impact on me, my thought processes and my work and my decision to take my work more seriously.
I have read many books on writing, quite a few I've reviewed here, one of the most interesting ones on the "break-down" of a novel was Writing the Blockbuster Novel in which one of Ken Follet's novels is broken down, including sections of first and second drafts, showing what was changed, why and how. This book is not like that, it's more philosophical and Pressfield explains more about story structure/skeleton as something that exists out there and is borrowed (or stolen) and remade into something unique and new.
If you read this and other books, you'll want to follow along on his blog and get more inside tips and notes, including the one page outline he used to start the novel he writes about here, it's well worth looking at and trying to grasp the significance of and put into practice.
I'd like to mention another thing that is kind of interesting, I had been in the middle of working on a non-fiction outline of a book I'm writing about coming out of a Christian cult and becoming an atheist, it's a story of debauchery, betrayal, excommunication, divorce, suicide, love, lost love, etc., almost a melodrama, but all true. And I'd been working on several ideas for fiction novels.
AND I was also considering getting back to studio painting, my profile picture here is seascape along the lines of what I do artistically.
So, all that said, I was a bit scattered. Being stretched out means you do nothing but dabble, and I needed to change that.
After reading this book, and really reflecting on what Pressfield had to say, I went to Starbucks with a note book and just doodled for about an hour, thinking wtf.......what should I do?
After awhile I just had that sort of epiphany that can't quite be explained, I decided to outline my non-fiction work, and I did so, ten sections, three chapters a section, with three main ideas for each chapter, giving me a firm foundation for what I wanted to say. I worked yesterday on this and got out 16 pages in a couple hours of rough draft, it felt really good to be so disciplined and on a path.
I'm not sure if a fiction novel can work exactly the same way, but I imagine there are parallels.
My point of all that is that there is something infectious about Steven, and I mean that in a good way, it's a disease worth catching, at least if your goal is writing and finishing something.
So in conclusion, check out this and other books by Pressfield. In full disclosure, because I review a lot of freebies, this one I paid for, from his website, I feel a little bit like I cheated on Amazon, my good friend, but I wanted to make sure I pointed this out, I know a lot of early reviews that are glowing are done by sycophants and friends, that's not me, I just didn't buy it here, but I did pay for it and I have no connection to the author, I just really felt compelled to express my gratitude. Cheers.