The War of Art
· 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.
much of what he says feels truthful; however i immediately become suspicious of a book...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
"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
Well, this book gives you tools to help you overcome all your short comings and own up to your potential as...more
Pressfield suggests an image that I am running with. Picture yourself looking through a dark glass, one palm placed o...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
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 poi...more
This book focuses on our resistance to anything we decide in our heads, that we would like to do, but have a fear of doing. It is a no-nonsense attack on our psychological attitudes, to how how we feel, affecting what we do.
It is very ' matt...more
Written from his vantage point as a novelist/screenwriter, this semi-autobiography is a fascinating and entertaining book of success, expressed...more
The book is very easy to digest, straight forward, short and filled with (mostly) practical tips to get you from the stage of thinking about writing your opus (and planning on starting it tomorrow) to actually just getting on with it. Essentially the advice is 'be professional'...more
A wordplay on the ancient military treatise, The Art of War, Pressfield's book likens an individual’s approach to the craft to an inner battle. The enemy is Resistance and two-thirds of the boo...more
"Look in your own heart. Unless I'm crazy, right now a still small voice is piping up, telling you as it has ten thousand times, the calling that is yours and yours alone. You know it. No one has to tell you. And unless I'm crazy, you're no closer to taking action on it than you were yesterday or will be tomo...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'm glad I read "The War of Art" and feel like it was wonderfully inspirational, a cheerleader for what I'm choosing in life. However, not sure I will buy the book and add it to my trove....more
This was useful, informative, and inspirational. By telling us how war is constantly waged on our creativity by Resistance, the author explains what it is, and why it's always trying to keep us from doing what we are meant to do. Yes, we are in a war, and we lose most days.
I feel much better about myself and how I approach my creative...more
You can read this book as a daily golden nugget t...more
The style is lig...more
"Give it a read - it's so short, so inexpensive, and has enough rays of genuine inspired thought that you really can't go wrong." - myself
I read this after hearing it as recommended reading from a comedian or two. It is in the wheelhouse of those who write, and I suspect particularly those who are grinding to find a place with their art or craft.
I struggle with rating this for the following reasons...
And medicine it is. This book WILL jump-start you. It won't give you the gas you need, or show you the road to take, or turn the wheel for you, but it will get your motor running. All that other stuff, it points out, you have to do.
Pressfield is quite concise, and he has a plan for the book, and he fullfills it almost flawlessly and with very little...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