Know thy enemy, know thyself, wrote Sun Tzu in the Zen classic The Art of War. Steven Pressfield argues, in The War of Art, that the enemy of the crea...moreKnow thy enemy, know thyself, wrote Sun Tzu in the Zen classic The Art of War. Steven Pressfield argues, in The War of Art, that the enemy of the creative process is Resistance, and by knowing its many faces one can bravely and intelligently conquer these internal demons that keep us from creative productivity.
Though I usually approach books of this nature with a healthy dose of skepticism, as I began reading The Art of War I recognized, with some shame, the familiar fronts of procrastination and self doubt that Pressfield breaks down in brief,Zen-like mini-essays chapter by chapter. My education in the enemy of procrastination began in this manner, and by the end I understood that commitment and discipline are the weapons to overcome all my excuses and get back to work.
If you are stuck in that vicious cycle of writer's block, or if you have just found yourself in an unproductive phase, you owe it to yourself to read this book and to once again hit your creative stride.
Thanks to Jay for the recommendation, and thanks to Doug for not only humoring me reading out loud practically every chapter, but for deepening my understanding of what I read through straight shooting conversation of the matter. (less)