The Artist's Journey: The Wake of the Hero's Journey and the Lifelong Pursuit of Meaning
"No one's insights about the craft and journey of being an artist have guided me in the day-to-day struggle of this profession more than Steven Pressfield. Wherever you are, whatever you've been called to make, you need to read this book...and everything else he has written."
— Ryan Holiday, Bestselling Author of Ego Is the Enemy and The Obstacle Is the Way
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Steven Pressfield has become even more succinct with age. That has enriched his work.
He can say more in a 100 words than most writers can in 100,000.
There's not one sentence wasted here. This is a concise analysis of what it means to be a creator of anything. He addresses what stops creators, what ennobles creators, where real inspiration comes from, and how to access that inspiration.
His few spiritual ideas are diverse in origin and helpful in ...more
This quote is an entry from the end of acclaimed ...more
I did like some of the points he made, such as ...more
"Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it."
I loved this book. It totally changed the way I was mentally framing my own artistic journey, and I loved the story/metaphor Pressfield came up to support that framework. It's weird and mystical, but also grounded and so incredibly relatable. (My sister introduced me to Stephen Pressfield with the quote above from The War of Art, describing him as ...more
Art is powerful. I believe in the unifying power of the music, stories, the paintings of others. But art is wider than that. It can be starting a business or doing your work. Everything we do can be that. I connected it with Seth’s “emotional labour”
I felt the idealization or exaltation of the artist taking it to the religious, almost miracle ...more
Pressfield’s voice is one I know well and here he reads his own title.
The artist's journey comes after the hero's journey. (Kindle Locations 134-135).
Yeah, I guess… I suppose it helps to know there are good things to come.
Pressfield’s favourites show up: Twyla Tharp, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and a few others. He repeats some stories or quotes from other works.
Here he proposes that no matter ...more
It seems to me this book is intended for the budding artist who needs a push on their journey. This book spends a lot of time talking about the nobility of purpose of creating art. That isn't a bad thing but there wasn't much of practical use in this book. Mostly, it is the exploration of why one chooses to become an artist.
I found the first part of this book confusing. I didn't really grasp the point ...more
Pressfield takes us through the process and concept of the artist's journey - in the most basic of terms, to create something to put into the world. Each person is an artist, of their own life or something more tangible, and each person goes through a hero's journey first, in which they're preparing for the artist's journey. Each small chapter is a step-by-step manifesto ...more
What a surprise! Very insightful and candid, Pressfield ...more
It's short, easy to read. But I think it is a a too vague a synthesis of Joseph Cambpell's work. I really do recommend reading Campbell himself. Who is intelligent, interesting, and fun to read. The mythology series is amazing, it will enrich your life and imagination.
Frustratingly entertaining yet still not what I expected, if that makes sense. I lost interest about 20% in.
It is a good thing I'm not a hero and I don't have a journey. It's also a good thing I've learned about the Hero's Journey from other places.
It is an interesting read if you want to live under a fictional shadow. Other than that, get on your bike and head over to another book that would do better for you.
Pressfield compares the actual process of writing to the hero's journey and I found myself in the stories & lessons deeply time and time again. It felt both comforting and inspiring to get that this is all just part of the process.
Highly recommend: easy to read, inspiring, perspective shifting and simple in it's delivery.
This was an amazing book! It clarified for me why I loved Hero with a Thousand Faces many years ago when I read it. This book also clearly spells out why we artists must do what we need to do. I struggled for many years with the push-pull inside of me, not understanding exactly what it was until I read this book. It is a quick, enjoyable read, that I hope inspires many others as it has done for me. Thank you Steven!
Favorite Quote: "The artist mines the same vein over and over. He just digs deeper over time."
Also very applicable to other artistic pursuits than just writing, so for those unfamiliar with the Hero's Journey, this will still be a valuable read.
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 ...more