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 pra ...more
What a pretentious piece of garbage.
It felt like a thesis of some second grade art student.
And I can say so, because I went to art school.
Whole lot of fluff. No substance what so ever.
It's a pity, since the Art of War did spark motivation and inspiration.
I don't really know what his message was with this book, but it could probably fit into a blog post ...
or a tweet ...
Show me someone who claims he doesn't ...more
I enjoyed this, and made short work of it; the chapters are written in a very digestible way, in 1-3 page bites. Certainly a ...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 b ...more
It’s a super quick read/listen, actually, it clips along at break-neck speed, and it’s full of great little nuggets of info to light a little fire under our asses to create. It’s stuff most of us know, or have heard in passing, but it pa ...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 h ...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 l ...more
Steven Pressfield’s message becomes repetitive after his 5th non-fiction book, but even so, I still enjoyed this one. Compared with his other works, this one is more philosophical and—dare I say—mystical.
An aspiring writer myself, I totally understand what Pressfield means when he ...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 r ...more
These books are vital for every creative, every artist. Slumps are so difficult to get out of. Slumps during a pandemic are nearly impossible to get out of. This book flowed with such ease, filled with poetic quotes from other artists, that the author connected to his own journey. Steven Pressfield has found a way to show up for his art i ...more
I especially liked the idea of the journey, but it was too metaphorical and mystical to me. In many cases, it was written like a voodoo book - full of cognitive biases and rhetorical tricks like appealing to the authority or "general wisdom".
I think the most valuable parts are related to C. G. Jung's work and analyzing it in the creat ...more
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. ...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