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The Authentic Swing: Notes from the Writing of a First Novel Paperback – September 22, 2013
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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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Emboldening, THE AUTHENTIC SWING looks at the mystical and the metaphysical as well as the mechanics of writing a novel. It is as much what you believe, as how you structure your writing days, the kinds of stories to tell -- and even, yes, the mechanics of how THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE was formed. Classic mythology provided a chassis, and for the Hollywood screenwriter, the notion of how motion pictures worked provided underpinnings on a subconscious level.
What emerges is the place of faith in the creative process; doing the impossible dream incrementally; thinking you've lost your mind; staying with it. And Pressfield isn't a 24-year starting out when he embarks on a novel based or inspired loosely by Michael Muprhy's seminal GOLF IN THE KINGDOM, a novel that merges Eastern thought and a magical round of golf in the Old Country of Scotland.
To be inspired, to be shown how, that's what THE AUTHENTIC SWING is all about.
Pressfield's main premise in this book is that the "authentic swing" is you. You can't fake other people's "swings" so don't even try. I take a slight exception to that as in the arts, sports and other areas of life, it doesn't hurt to begin by emulating the people you admire the most.
Drawing heavily on Eastern religion and philosophy with some other elements from western culture such as Plato & Sparta thrown in, this makes for an enjoyable read. It's not too long and has a few passages that resonate.
I also appreciate his honesty regarding "The Legend of Bagger Vance" as a film. In fact, he's brutally honest about what he thought about the film, while at the same time not throwing anyone under the bus. I also appreciated that he felt the only good golf film was "Caddyshack" and that's because it reflects the insanity of the game of golf.
Its a great little trip into the mind of an interesting man. A former caddy, a former Hollywood screenwriter and now full-time novelist. Definitely worth a look.