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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles Paperback – January 11, 2012
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About the Author
STEVEN PRESSFIELD is the author of Turning Pro, Do the Work, The Warrior Ethos and the international bestselling novels, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, The Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, and The Profession. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Pressfield targets intangible but ever-present "Resistance" as the key element that threatens to cripple any creative endeavor at every stage of the process, most notably and fiercely near its completion. It's not a "magic pill" type book, not flawless, and you'll likely not agree on everything discussed; but you will find far more points that hit home than you discard, as if Steven were right there pointing his finger in your face. Not condescendingly, but more like a leaf blower aimed your direction blasting away the cobwebs of inertia.
My biggest gripe (and inversely biggest compliment) is that it's too quick a read. I could not put it down and plowed through the Kindle version of this book, a few hours just before bed, finishing it before noon the next day. That it held my attention with such conviction is a testament to the author's honest and straightforward message. The chapters are brief, and some are just silly short. The near 200 pages is far, far less in word count than you'd think; but the points being driven home only required the few choice words. Luckily, this book is very re-readable and I'm sure will be referenced often in the future for a kick in the rear anytime the "Resistance" has me on the ropes.
A must-read for anyone with a trapped creative voice or calling beckoning to be freed.
Such is the new world we live in. Connections.
So, back to why you should buy and read this book if you are any type of creative person trying to pursue a life in an artistic endeavor.
It's very insightful.
It's spot on about the problems we face when trying to actually create.
It's entertaining while doing the above.
It provides solutions.
There are plenty of books about technique and "how to" and such, books like How To Become a Famous Artist and Still Paint Pictures and The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile are a couple of examples of books I really liked, they give formulas, advice, how-to's and so forth. Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go is another must read, as is On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft and Paint the Sea in Oils Using Special Effects and many similar books about a certain artistic niche.
Read books like the above, for sure.
But this book was unique and different. It really spoke to me, and I suspect it'll speak to you as well. I was shocked to see how many reviews existed for a book on writing that I'd not come across before.
Well, the timing must have been right. Side bar, I'm an atheist and a secular materialist (working on launching a blog called paleoism in the near future) so I don't agree with some of the author's world views on spirituality, but that's okay, I am 100% on board for the thoughts behind, the reasons behind and actionable stuff behind where he's coming from. I read the spiritual stuff a bit different, than say a non-materialist would, but I think the conclusions and outcome are the same.
I say that because it's hard to deny this book came at the "right time"...
As if I was looking for it.
Or it was looking for me.
In the book on painting I mentioned above "How To Become..." the author also talks about the Muse. So it's real, I'm just not sure where she actually originates, but never mind, it doesn't matter.
It's like trying to find out why we like puppies. Doesn't matter, we just do.
Anyway, I hope that if you've read this far you've been convinced to get this book. I think you should, you're obviously at the right place, so assume the right timing and plunge.
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