The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle
· dream about writing the Great American Novel?
· regret not finishing your paintings, poems, or screenplays?
· want to start a business or charity?
· wish you could start dieting or exercising today?
· hope to run a marathon someday?
If "yes," then you need THE WAR OF ART
Now, in this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success...more
I have about 13 years of collegiate and graduate art school under my belt, and I've worked in the fine and commercial arts. Thing is, I hate seeing the challenge of making art turn into this romanticized, epic battle between the poor pu ...more
This one started out with some interesting ideas, but it ended up not being very supportive. A little bullying, in fact.
Toward the end, it's a lot of religious pronouncements and philosophy that I didn't agree with or find very helpful. It felt a bit rigid.
The central thesis is that procrastination is often harmful to our long-term success, and of this point I have no disagreement. However the majority of the book is replete with superstition, thinly veiled proselytizing, bullshit facts, and other miscellaneous woo-woo including:
* Hitler was an artist that started WWII because he was procrastinating, and, as a result of this, ...more
Well, this book gives you tools to help you overcome all your short comings and own up to your potential as ...more
"The War of Art" made me feel bad about my relationship with the creative process. She would invite me out and I'd decide to wash my hair instead. He would call and I'd push the button that sent it straight to voicemail. I was a lousy friend. Illuminating what Pressfield defines as resistance and turning pro turned the tables ...more
Personally, I found this book pretty useful. It's dense, wise, and low-bullshit. Spiritual, yes. Namby-pamby, no. It treats inspirati ...more
Really, you want more details? Okay. The author personifies Resistance and then writes a tiny little snippet about it, one pe ...more
There was a period of time this summer where I simply could not write *at all.* I tried everything--I tried to read book about writers block like The Midnight Disease. Nothing in them helped me. I went to different places to try and write. Nothing. I made myself sit down with only my AlphaSmart and refused t ...more
much of what he says feels truthful; however i immediately become suspicious of a book ...more
I have been working on-and-off on my 1st book for 5 years. I have had so much resistance to sitting down and writing, even though I love writing my blog pieces. Within pages, Pressfield clearly spell out the trouble, and just by recognizin ...more
I really enjoy the first two thirds but I think that the author may lose his most conservative audience to the last third as his spiritual influence has so much imagery attached to it that is counter intuitive to western religion.
Growing up around Christian fundamentalism (which he properly criticizes), I have had to fight the inner battle myself and it takes years to get that nonsense truly out of your head so you can work. I wish that the “W ...more
A while back I was watching a documentary about the grunge band Nirvana. Towards the end of the film, a music journalist was comparing Kurt Cobain to Dave Grohl and said, “If Kurt Cobain is the artist, Dave Grohl is the craftsman.”
This kept coming to mind when reading “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. Cobain was the tormented artist, who couldn’t handle the stresses of his own success. Grohl st ...more
I finished it a few days ago and have since been seriously trying to understand how it was published.
FIrst of all, it's not ...more
I was initially going to give this book four stars because the esoteric final section in which Pressfield discusses the source of creative inspiration put me off a bit. He discusses the Muses and angels, and I'm always skeptical of anything that involves little pink ponies or pixie dust.
On further reflection, though, I see that Pressfield's theory that great works of art exist as intan ...more
1. Attention Deficit Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder aren't "real"--they are merely excuses that we give ourselves because we don't truly want to succeed;
2. The reason Hitler killed millions of Jews is because he didn't have a creative outlet, and he should have ...more
Steven Pressfield, in his magnificent boo ...more
The War of Art was published before the idea of "1000 true fans" gained currency - a group of people who are, in effect, your patrons, who you create your material for and who, in turn, will buy pretty much anything from you. I wonder if Press ...more
Regardless of whether you’re trying to write a novel or screenplay, finish your artistic works, start a charity, start dieting or exercisin ...more
Written from his vantage point as a novelist/screenwriter, this semi-autobiography is a fascinating and entertaining book of success, expressed ...more
There exists a strange world of creating work you value, fighting the resistant forces that work against you, and remembering you only have so much time and attention before you're dead. Merlin Mann's talks fall into this category, the entire bei ...more
I graduated from Duke University in 1965.
In January of 1966, when I was on the bus leaving Parris Island as a freshly-minted Marine, I looked back and thought there was at least one good thing about this departure. "No matter what happens to me for the rest of my life, no one can ever send me back to this freakin' place a ...more