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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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bookshelves: writing, kindle, writers-essentials, creativity

The War of Art is full of great quotes and sensible (mostly) advice. Pressfield outs the enemy of creativity in this book, an insidious and persistent force he calls Resistance. His solution to outwitting the enemy is to stop acting like a mincing, bleeding artist and get on with it. When Resistance is standing over the writer's shoulder, badgering her with self-defeating thoughts about why she can't or shouldn't keep going, and whispering in her ear tempting alternatives (like a round of golf or a session at the pub or cleaning out the gutters), Pressfield's solution is to be a pro. Professionals turn up. Professionals suck it up. They clock on,do their shift, and clock off. Good solid advice.

The stuff about sacrificing to the gods and praying to the muse was a bit off the wall, but Pressfield allows for different mindsets and gives the reader permission to adapt the principle.

The War of Art is worth the read for the good advice, the author's wicked sense of humor, and the rich variety of sources that are quoted.

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Reading Progress

December 16, 2010 – Shelved
December 16, 2010 – Shelved as: writing
December 16, 2010 – Shelved as: kindle
January 17, 2011 – Started Reading
January 28, 2011 – Finished Reading
November 7, 2014 – Shelved as: writers-essentials
October 24, 2015 – Shelved as: creativity

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