The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles Paperback – 11 January 2012
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- Publisher : Pressfield, Steven (11 January 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1936891026
- ISBN-13 : 978-1936891023
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.22 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation."
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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Read his books they will change you in the very best of ways - oh, and they will make you see your craft of writing in proper grown-up ways. If you are a writer you will discover the writer that you can be. You will discover you.
It was a quick and easy read that was packed full of great advice and insights that have helped me in my writing journey. Pressfield doesn’t mess about; he can be blunt and straightforward, giving me the slap I needed to get to work.
What I got out of it as a writer: So much! The biggest thing: to just do the work of sitting down and writing.
Some other things: to not fear failure and to fail, because it means you’ve done something; to give the work my best, and then let it go, knowing my job is to work but I’m not my work; to not worry about how people will respond to my work, because as long as I know I gave it my best, I’ll always be okay with it; to write because it’s in me to write and that’s all I have to do. It gives me courage to write, to do the work of giving it my best, and to let my writing be seen.
It’s entirely valuable to me, a must-read, but not necessarily one I enjoyed reading. I looked forward to reading it for the practical tips I could get out of it but not to get lost in the writing.
What I got out of it for life: I know now that my only job is to write. That is my work.
I don’t have to worry about succeeding or failing as a writer. I don’t have to worry about people loving or hating my writing. I don’t have to worry about getting my worth, identity, or wellbeing from what people say about my writing.
All I have to do is write those words that are inside me and want to come out. All I have to do is show up, do the work and give it my best.
What happens with my writing after I do the work is not up to me; I don’t control how people respond to it. The only thing that is within my control is doing the work.
It’s incredibly freeing to think this way and for that I am thankful for this book.
My recommendation: If you’re a writer or want to be a writer, read it! If you want to pursue a creative vocation, read it. If you want to pursue any vocation, read it.
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Clearly Steven has read widely across cultures, subject matter and literature. Clearly he has a talent for writing. But as a non-fiction work, I think this was poorly targeted.
It srarts with a kick-ass be a professional, not an amateur section - which I entirely agree with and enjoyed.
It then descends into a religious and philosophical rant that had little meaning or relevance to me.
Maybe if the blurb had made it clearer who it was targeted at, i.e. religious writers, seeking answers as to where they get their talent, then I wouldn't have picked it up.
Clearly the right target audience find it inspiring. The blurb didn't make it clear that I'm not part of it.
And you feel that HIGH once a book is finished, eager and enthusiastic to apply all the knowledge you've gained and to see some results.
And the days go by... you slowly realize you're actually going nowhere, atleast not as much as you desire and expected.
You know what to do, you know how to do, but you won't seem to be able to apply the knowledge in realtime. And it sucks, i know that feeling.
And you slowly fall into the vicious circle.
You slowly take some other book that you hope atleast will help with your problem.
You pick a book.... you'll read... feels motivated.... days go by.... you realize.... it sucks... you start again( i hope)
THIS IS WHERE "TheWARofART" is a LIFE SAVING BOOK.
When you see that you're going nowhere even after knowing what to do. You'll slowly fall into the depressing thought process that may be YOU WILL NEVER BE THAT GUY YOU WANNA BE.
In every self-help book that we read hardly anyone was able to put the problem we are facing in such a way like in WARofART, where it truly kicks in your ass and makes you aware of the RESISTANCE you're facing ever since you know your self.
if you suck at taking ACTION about anything, and feeling how to do it. Just pick up this book and read it... take the book with you, when ever you're feeling of resistance or its disguised forms, read few pages from the book.
I bet you wont be sitting there idle once you finish this true gem of a book.. but will go and do your long held unfinished, undared stuff.
This is my first review ever since i'm puchasing books/anything from amazon. I thought of writing for some.. but you see RESISTANCE is a b***h. but now I did.
It's all those simple actions that makes a difference in a long run. And WarOfArt will help you beat the RESISTANCE and take that ACTION.
All the best. :)